Red sandstone cliffs and dramatic desert landscapes await day-trippers and outdoors enthusiasts at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the 195,819-acre national conservation area features narrow canyons, fantastic rock formations, seasonal waterfalls, desert wildlife, and rock art sites. The elevated Red Rock Overlook provides a fabulous view of the cream and red sandstone cliffs. For a closer look at the stunning
scenery, take the 13-mi, one-way scenic drive through the canyon. The backcountry byway's open from dawn to dusk. Other activities including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, picnicking, and wildlife-watching. A developed campground, located 2 mi from the visitor center, has 71 campsites ($15 per night; $40 for group sites), pit toilets, and drinking water for visitors wanting to extend their stay.
Aug 28, 2014
We decided to drive around the scenic road in Red Rock Canyon. $7 per car, and stunning scenery. Plenty of parking spaces (in August!)and hikes that looked great. Rock climbing also, but as we hadn't planned to be here and were wearing flip flops/sandals, and the baby was asleep, we just looked from the comfortable air-conditioned car! There are signs warning not to feed the wild horses and burros($500 fine) and to alert drivers to "tortoise
crossings". We saw no tortoises, but took pictures of two wild burros that were conveniently right at the side of the road. As we pulled away from them, grandson woke up! We plan to go back in cooler weather to do a little hiking. You do have to be alert to weather changes, several parts of the road are in washes and would be impassable if there were flash floods.