Cottonwood Valley Mountain Bike Loop/Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, Nevada


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Cottonwood Valley Mountain Bike Loop
The best features of this trail system carved by wild horses are the twists and turns on the single-track through a forest of Joshua trees. The trail requires some technical expertise; payoffs include distant views of Las Vegas.
Type: Mountain biking
Distance: 65-70 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,300'
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Getting There:Take I-15, go west to State Route 160 toward Pahrump to mile marker 17. There is a dirt road off to the left just before the 17-mile mark. Turn left here and park about 100 yards up the dirt road on the right. Maps of the area are available at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The Hurl
The Red Rock Canyon area offers several options, especially for more advanced riders. This trail is a grueling granny-gear climb, after which you can look down on the town of Blue Diamond. For the downhill portion, stay alert on the single-track trail back to the bottom.
Type: Mountain biking
Distance: 5 miles
Trailhead: Park at the Escape Adventures Bike Shop.
Elevation Gain: Less than 1,000
Difficulty: Advanced
Getting There: Blue Diamond is 26 miles west of Las Vegas on State Route 159

Red Rock Canyon Scenic Tour
For those who seek an easy pace and great views, this one-way paved road passes ancient sandstone in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The Red Rock tour offers numerous places to pull off to pause and enjoy the breathtaking scenery or veer off onto other trail explorations.
Type: Road biking
Distance: 13 miles
Elevation Gain: None
Difficulty: Beginner

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