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Beyond the Las Vegas Strip–Hiking in Red Rock

Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas
Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas

During our first trip here we opted for a Red Rock Canyon hiking tour and enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide was originally from Poland, but had lived in the Vegas area for many years. He and his family regularly hiked in Red Rock and his passion for it was obvious. Our tour group was small and quite adventurous, so it allowed our guide to take us on one short, steep hike and another, long and flat one in the area. There are several operators that offer tours here including transportation from your hotel. Prices range from $80-$130 depending on the company and the length of the tour. I personally recommend Viator for booking these types of tours.

Consider a day trip to Death Valley while visiting Las Vegas.

The view from our day of Red Rock Canyon hiking
The view from our day of Red Rock Canyon hiking

But the Visitor's Center isn't just for hikers, it can be enjoyed by anyone visiting Red Rock Canyon since it offers hands-on exhibits about the history, geology, climate, and wildlife of the area. During peak season volunteers staff tables with samples of turtle shells and mountain goat horns and are happy to discuss these and another animals in the area.

Outdoor exhibit at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor's Center
Outdoor exhibit at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor's Center

On our downhill return trip, we often resorted to sliding down slippery slopes on our butts, once again giving us cause for laughter. By the time we returned to our car, we were cold, wet and tired, but we loved the adventure!

Snow covered trails while hiking Red Rock Canyon
Snow covered trails while hiking Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon best hiking trails
Jason taking a break along a Red Rock Canyon hiking trail

Red Rock National Conservation Area is open every day of the year at 6 a.m. Closing times vary depending on the season. The Visitor's Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The price of admission is just $15 per vehicle for a day pass, but several different discounts are available.

If you visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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