Red Rock Canyon: the facts
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is protected as a National Conservation Area. The rock formations can be seen quite easily from the Las Vegas Strip and they’re located only 15 miles (24km) west of Las Vegas. It’s a hugely popular destination and over 2 million people visit Red Rock Canyon every year.
Red Rock Canyon is made up of a set of large red rock formations that are a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 feet (910m) high, whilst the highest point is La Madre Mountain, which is a massive 8,154 feet (2,485m) high.
Red Rock Canyon activities
The most popular activities at Red Rock Canyon are hiking, biking and rock climbing. Whilst we were there we saw loads of visitors enjoy the walking routes and watching the rock climbers.
There’s a one-way loop road that you can drive around to view the rocks. It’s 13 miles (21km) long and there’s several parking areas along the route where you can stop to view the rocks and access the walking trails.
Red Rock Canyon is in the Mojave Desert so it goes without saying that temperatures are hot, hot hot! In the summer months temperatures often reach 41 degrees. We went in May and the temperature was already 35 degrees. As there’s no shade to hide in it can feel uncomfortably hot.
It's super important to stay hydrated in the desert heat so our Evachill bottles came in really handy. It’s so refreshing to drink ice cold water when it’s scorching hot. We’d filled our bottles with ice and water in the morning when we left our hotel room. We didn’t get to Red Rock Canyon until late afternoon and we still had ice cubes in our bottles! In case you missed it you can check out our tips on getting safe drinking water in Las Vegas.
Evachill photo shoot
We’re super excited to share our photos with you! We’d thoroughly recommend visiting Red Rock Canyon if you’re near Las Vegas. It was truly an amazing experience. And of course don’t forget to grab yourself a couple of Evachill reusable bottles to take on your trip!