If you need a break from the brightly-lit and bustling Las Vegas Strip, look no further than the scenic respite of Red Rock Canyon. This beautiful, arid stretch of land was Nevada’s first National Conservation Area and it’s now one of the most popular in the country, with over one million annual visitors.
Need a break from the busy Strip?
Located only 17 short miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Canyon is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Sin City. It’s also perfect for families who want to add a little extra adventure to their Southwest vacation.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is open to the public year-round and welcomes over one million visitors every year. The 197,000 acre recreation area houses more than 30 miles of hiking trails, as well as rock climbing, picnic areas, a visitor’s centre, a spectacular 13 mile scenic drive, and over 10,000 years of human history.
In a region known for its rugged desert landscapes, a forest grows.
Yes, a forest.
Contrary to what you might expect from one of the hottest, driest places on earth, the Mojave Desert is home to one of the world’s largest and oldest Joshua tree forests. Chances are, you’ll pass through (or over!) this massive forest en route to the Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas may not be known for being a city of moderation, and the surrounding landscape is no exception. To the west you’ll find Death Valley – home to hottest recorded temperatures and the lowest point of elevation in North America – and to the east lies the incomparable majesty of the Grand Canyon, but one of the Southwest’s most impressive man-made sights is just a few miles to the southeast of Vegas – the Hoover Dam.
When you’re deeply ensconced in the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas, it’s easy to forget that this imposing landmark is less than an hour away from the Strip. But more than one million people visit the Hoover Dam each year, and once you see the gracefully sloping concrete curve of the dam, it’s pretty clear why the Hoover Dam is such a big deal.
When you’re ensconced in the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, it’s easy to forget that one of the Southwest’s most memorable landscapes lies just a few miles off the Strip.
Red Rock Canyon is a scant 15 miles west of Las Vegas – you can actually see it from the Strip. It occupies 195,819 acres of the Mojave Desert, and hosts over 2 million visitors each year. The Canyon is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System, and was designated as a National Conservation Area – Nevada’s first – in 1990.