Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Las Vegas, Nevada 89124
One of the most scenic places in southern Nevada is as popular with tourists as it is with locals. More than one million people make the journey to the incredible Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area every year, which gets its name from the fantastic red sandstone formations that can be found throughout the region. Whether they’re traveling from across Nevada or across the globe, the magnificent desert landscape is certainly worth the trip. The startling contrast of red sandstone layered through gray limestone in the sheer cliff faces, some of which reach a staggering 1,800 feet, is an incredible natural wonder that won’t soon be forgotten. The sandstone is part of the same geologic formation, known as the Navaho Formation, which is also found throughout the southwest United States.
Red Rock Canyon, which measures more than 195,000 acres, is Nevada’s first National Conservation Area and serves as a prime example of the unique qualities of the Mojave Desert. Although the recreation area is just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip – close enough that peak tops are visible from the Las Vegas Valley – it’s worlds away in terms of atmosphere. Beyond the spectacular sightseeing and photographic opportunities, Red Rock offers an array of recreational pursuits. Visitors can horseback ride, picnic and rock climb, which is a very popular activity in the conservation area. There is also a 13-mile scenic drive, over 30 miles of fantastic hiking trails and a visitor center with a bookstore and exhibit rooms.
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