Popular activities in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s La Madre Mountain Wilderness and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness include hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, horseback riding, wildlife watching and photography.
La Madre Mountain Wilderness
is 47,180 acres of eye-catching canyons, rugged gray carbonate ridges and mountain peaks. This area is also home to the Keystone Thrust formation, an internationally recognized formation where older limestone has been pushed over younger sandstone.
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
is 24,997 acres and is an artist’s dream with gorgeous vertical red and buff sandstone in some places and deep narrow canyons that twist and turn, carpeted with vegetation. The high points of this wilderness are Mount Wilson at 7,070 feet and Rainbow Mountain at 6,924 feet.
Designated by Congress in 2002, these wilderness areas offer outstanding opportunities for solitude and exemplify the timeless beauty of America’s natural wonders. In order to provide these opportunities, wilderness is to remain free of permanent structures, motor vehicles, motorized equipment and most forms of mechanical transport.