Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s 13-Mile Scenic Drive doubles as a backcountry byway. It is a 13-mile, paved, one-way scenic drive that passes through arid desert landscapes, red and buff colored rock formations, beautiful sandstone and limestone cliffs that reach elevations of 7,000 feet. 

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

DON’T GET TURNED AROUND! Due to this byway’s (well-deserved) popularity, timed entry reservations and entry passes are required to visit Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive and must be purchased in advance. Get them (and plenty of other info) here.

Not only is the scenic drive beautiful for visitors in motorized vehicles it is also very popular for bicyclists, photographers, joggers and walkers. The road allows for safe travel as it is very wide and traffic is required to travel one-way. Many pull outs provide parking so you can explore the desert on one of the many trails Red Rock Canyon has to offer. You may also see visitors getting ready to backpack into the backcountry, go horseback riding, or traversing the many rock formations by rock climbing.  Watching the rock climbers has enthused and entertained many visitors over the years.

Follow posted speed limits so you can be safe as well as protect other visitors and wildlife. If parking lots are full please do not create your own parking spot by parking off the road and onto vegetation. These plants are native to the arid Mojave Desert of Red Rock and can take decades to regrow. We recommend that you continue to a new parking area or enjoy the drive in its entirety and enter later in the day as your amenity fee receipts are good for the entire day.


The Scenic Drive is open every day of the year with hours changing slightly according to the season:

Nov – Feb – 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March – 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Apr – Sep – 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Oct – 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Admission to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is $15 per vehicle.

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Southern Nevada, Nevada


Las Vegas


Southern Nevada