Things to Do in Red Rock, Las Vegas

Things to Do in Red Rock, Las Vegas
Red Rock Canyon is an area located west of Las Vegas and named for the beautiful red sandstone formations embedded in the surrounding mountains and rocks. Visitors to Red Rock can find many scenic areas and activities in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. As of September 2009, admission to this 197,000-acre park is $5 per automobile, $2 per motorcycle, and free for bicyclists and walkers.
 

Fossil Hill

Fossil Hill is the name used to describe an area inside the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area that is actually several foothills. These foothills are strewn with a number of various fossils, which can sometimes be found without any digging involved. Detailed directions to Fossil Hill can be obtained at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center located inside the park. Spend an afternoon discovering fossils that might be up to 2 billion years old; remember to leave them where they were found for other visitors to enjoy. Keeping fossils found in this area is prohibited by law.

HCR 33 Box 5500
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 515-5350
redrockcanyonlv.org/

 
 

Camping

Camping is permitted at the Red Rock Canyon Campground from Sept. 1 to May 31. The campground provides barbecue grills, water, picnic tables and toilet facilities. The cost of each campsite, as of September 2009, is $10 per night with a maximum of 10 people and two vehicles per campsite. Group campsites suitable for up to 25 people are available for $25 per night. Reservations must be made at least two weeks ahead of time for group camping.

HCR 33 Box 5500
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 515-5371
blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/lvfo_recreation/camping.html

Willow Springs

A small picnic area inside the conservation area is home to several petroglyphs, or rock engravings, created by native inhabitants. Handprints can be found on the large boulders next to the picnic tables, and a petroglyph wall is located across the parking lot from the picnic area. This wall has many handprints and other engraved pictures. Willow Springs also has several hiking trails, including the Children's Discovery Trail, which is rated as an easy hike due to its three-fourths-mile length.

HCR 33 Box 5500
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 515-5350
publicrockart.com/driveredrockwillow.htm

 

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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