Keystone Thrust

Las Vegas, Nevada 89107

Keystone Thrust

Keystone Thrust Professional Review and Guide

"An easy day hike to a unique geological feature, the Keystone Thrust Fault Zone, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Walk 100 yards back down the road (east) to a closed dirt road now on your left (north). Follow the old road across the wash, where it turns left and starts to climb the ridge opposite the trailhead.

After approximately 0.75 mile, the trail crosses a wash and climbs into a small saddle. Just up the ridge, the trail forks, with the right fork descending off the ridge into a small canyon. The contact of the Keystone Thrust Fault is visible below, where the older gray limestone has been forced over the top of the much younger red and white Aztec sandstone."

Keystone Thrust Reviews

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The real treat on this trail is definitely at the end, where the dramatic red rock thrust fills the canyon bottom. The hike to the thrust is a pleasant, if non-eventful, meander. Still worth it in a big way!
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If you do not have the geological background the hike is not so interesting as the other hikes of Red Rock Canyon. You see a red rock "flowing" like a river between grey limestone hills. However I read a book about the thrust afterwards, and I have to admit, that you can see very well, how the trusting at Red Rock Canyon worked. So inform yourself about the geological background before making this hike.

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Trail Information

Las Vegas
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Fall through Spring
Bureau of Land Management, Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301; (702) 515-5000;
Local Contacts
USGS La Madre Mtn.
Local Maps

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Aug 2018