Red Rock Canyon is home to four picnic areas. These areas have beautiful views of Red Rock Canyon and access to some easier trails. All picnic areas are on a first-come, first-serve basis except for the Red Spring group use area, and groups larger than 15 people may need to obtain a permit. Barbeque grills are allowed in the picnic areas during most of the year. The summer season, however, has specific fire restrictions against their use. Inquiries should be made at the visitor venter about fire regulations and dangers.
The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center Picnic Area has 12 picnic tables and various trash receptacles. It is located to the west of the visitor center parking area and has access to the Moenkopi and Calico Hills trails.
Located about halfway around the Scenic Drive is the Willow Springs Picnic Area. This picnic area has approximately 28 picnic tables, various trash receptacles and toilets. From Willow Springs you can access the La Madre Springs Trail, Willow Springs Loop Trail, Lost Creek Trail, and White Rock Loop Trail.
On State Route 159 is the Red Rock Scenic Overlook Picnic Area. This picnic area has approximately 19 picnic tables, various trash cans and toilets. Approximately half of the picnic tables are covered with aluminum pavilions for shade and inclement weather. From this picnic area, you can access the paved Red Rock Scenic Overlook Trail.
The Red Spring Picnic Area is located off on State Route 159 on Calico Basin Road, just two miles east of the Red Rock Visitor Center. Red Spring has 12 picnic tables, various trash receptacles and toilets. The picnic tables are covered with aluminum pavilions for shade and protection from inclement weather. The Red Spring Picnic Area has grills during the cooler seasons. It is wise to call the visitor enter to inquire about the grills and fire regulations. Red Spring has a large group area to accommodate up to 50 people; reservations are required by to reserve the group site, which can be made by calling Red Rock Canyon at 702-515-5371. From Red Spring, you can access the wheelchair accessible Red Spring trail boardwalk.