Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is one of southern Nevada's most beautiful and heavily visited scenic areas.

Open to the Public


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5,032 acres


Southern Nevada near Las Vegas


The Howard Hughes Corporation, Bureau of Land Management

The Nature Conservancy is proud to support the Mojave Max educational program at Red Rock National Conservation Area.  You can learn more about the program here.

What the Conservancy Has Done

In 1988, The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, The Howard Hughes Corporation and The Nature Conservancy formed a strategic partnership to create a 5,032-acre buffer zone around the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, including the site where the Red Rock Visitor Center stands today.  By relocating Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corporation’s 22,500-acre master planned community, from this site to another that was more appropriate for human development, a “win-win” situation was achieved that allowed for continued economic development for the community of Las Vegas, while at the same time protecting a fragile natural desert community.  

This $25 million transaction was one of the largest ever completed by the Conservancy in the West and, thanks to the generosity of The Howard Hughes Corporation, resulted in a savings to taxpayers of over $1 million. This partnership still stands as a model of private and public interests working together to balance economic and environmental needs. 

By coming together in a spirit of innovation, cooperation and community goodwill, this group ensured that public access into Red Rock Canyon was permanently protected and that residents and visitors alike could enjoy a bounty of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, and rock-climbing; as well as opportunities to view desert bighorn sheep, numerous bird species, threatened wildflowers, rare insects, and sensitive reptiles such as the Gila monster and desert tortoise—all in their native habitat.  



Watch a Video

Short video about the Conservancy's role in protecting Red Rock Canyon

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Red Rock is owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  For full visitor information or questions, visit their website: Red Rock National Conservation Area 


The visitor center is fully accessible. Accessible restrooms are available at the visitor center and most pullouts on the scenic loop. Wheelchair accessible trails are at Willow Springs Picnic Area, visitor center, and the overlook.

Fees and Annual Passes

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area began collecting fees in 1998. America the Beautiful Pass, which replaced the National Parks Pass, Golden Age, Golden Access and Golden Eagle began sales in 2007. Passes are available at the Red Rock Canyon entrance station.  For current fees and more information, visit Red Rock National Conservation Area.


For hours and visit information, visit Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Hiking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, learning Red Rock's history at the visitor's center.

For more information on planning your visit, please visit the Bureau of Land Management's website: Red Rock National Conservation Area.


West Charleston Blvd (State Route 159) is the most direct route to Red Rock Canyon from the “Strip” however there are a series of signals and traffic can be slow. You should allow 25 minutes drive time from the “Strip.”  See map.


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