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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Southern Nevada District Office
 
Release Date: 11/20/12
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 , k1cannon@blm.gov

Busy Weekend Anticipated at Red Rock


Las Vegas – During the Thanksgiving weekend, visitation at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area increases with the most congested time anticipated between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

The visitor center will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the rest of the weekend.  The 13-Mile Scenic Drive will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To ensure a high quality visitor experience and to allow access for emergency vehicles (if needed), the 13-Mile Scenic Drive may be temporarily closed during periods of high visitation. Road signs will be posted along State Route 159 if/when the Scenic Drive is closed. Visitors may call 702-515-5350 to determine if the Scenic Drive is open.

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first national conservation area. It is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is 195,819 acres and includes a LEED certified visitor center, 13-Mile Scenic Drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and the Red Spring Interpretive Boardwalk. 



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 11-21-2012