Planning your visit


The visitor center is fully accessible. Accessible restrooms are available at the visitor center and most pullouts on the scenic loop. Wheelchair accessible trails are at Willow Springs Picnic Area, visitor center, and the overlook.

Driving Directions

West Charleston Blvd (State Route 159) is the most direct route to Red Rock Canyon from the “Strip” however there are a series of signals and traffic can be slow. You should allow 25 minutes drive time from the “Strip.”  Area Map

Fees and Annual Passes

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area began collecting fees in 1998. America the Beautiful Pass, which replaced the National Parks Pass, Golden Age, Golden Access and Golden Eagle began sales in 2007.  As you travel around the 13-Mile Scenic Drive, your fees are evident in interpretive and educational programs for visitors and school groups, well-maintained roads, interpretive trail signs, restful picnic areas, clean restrooms and trash receptacles. Preservation of critical habitat for desert tortoises, wild horse and burro protection, cultural resource preservation, trail maintenance and repair, and law enforcement to help maintain a safe place for your family to recreate are also supported by amenity fees.

Below is a list of all passes that are available at the Red Rock Canyon entrance station:

  • Daily Fee – $7 – Daily pass for automobiles to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Motorcycles, Bicycles and Pedestrians pay a lesser daily fee.
  • Red Rock Annual Pass – $30  Yearly pass for Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass – $80  The America the Beautiful pass is an interagency pass that will be honored by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation.
  • America the Beautiful Senior Pass – $10  This is a lifetime pass for U.S. Citizens who are 62 years old or older, and is honored at all the federal fee areas listed above. Pass also provides a 50% discount on campground fees.
  • America the Beautiful Access Pass – No Charge  This is a lifetime pass for U.S. Citizens with a permanent disability, and is honored at all the federal fee areas listed above. Pass also provides a 50% discount on campground fees.
  • America the Beautiful Military Annual Pass – No Charge  This is an annual pass available for a limited time to active duty military and their dependents. It is honored at all the federal fee areas listed above.

Pass usage guidelines

When a vehicle fee is charged (cars and motorcycles):

1 pass = 1 personal car (for all passes)

1 pass = 1 or 2 motorcycles (see rules for each pass type below)

All annual passes will cover entrance for two pass owners on two motorcycles or scooters. Signatures of both people must be on the pass and must match identification.

The America the Beautiful Senior Pass and Access Pass will cover entrance for the pass owner on one motorcycle only.

When a per-person fee is charged (bicycles and pedestrians):

1 pass = pass holder and up to 3 additional adults (for all passes) -- Adults are age 16 and older. Children under 16 are always admitted for free.

Detailed information on fees and passes can be found at and


The 13-Mile Scenic Drive hours are:

November 1 through February 28/29;  6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 1 through March 31;  6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
April 1 through September 30;  6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
October 1 through October 31;  6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Red Rock Overlook on State Route 159 (W. Charleston Blvd) is open for one additional hour.

The visitor center hours are:   8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day


The Scenic Loop Drive will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center will be open and staffed from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Christmas Day


The Scenic Loop Drive will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Visitor Center will be open and staffed from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Lost and Found

Lost items should be reported or taken to the visitor center.

Organized Groups

If you are planning to bring an organized group to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, please contact an Outdoor Recreation Planner for Red Rock Canyon at 702-515-5000.

The size and activity of your organized group will determine the type of permit that will be issued. Advance notice of permits ranges from 30 days to 180 days depending on the permit type.  Do I need a permit? 

Outfitters and Guides


Pets are welcome at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Pets are permitted on trails, and should be leashed to minimize conflicts with other people, other pets and native wildlife. Pet owner is required to clean up pet waste (baggies for waste disposal are available in the campground and at the Scenic Drive fee station).

In the campground, pets must be leashed at all times. Pets may not be left unattended. Pet owner is responsible for picking up pet waste. Pets must be leashed at other developed facilities such as the visitor center, Willow Springs picnic area and Red Rock overlook.

Pet owners are reminded that summertime can reach to temperatures above 110 °F and leaving a pet in a vehicle can endanger their life.

Special Events and Commercial Activities

If you are planning a special event or are interested in providing a commercial service in Red Rock Canyon such as clinic, fund raising activity or large meeting, you may need to obtain a permit. Please contact us to verify this prior to your arrival.

Supplemental Law Enforcement Rules

Spring 2012 SRP Events


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area averages 294 days of sunshine per year (211 clear days, 83 partly cloudy days). With an average annual rainfall of 4.13 inches and an average humidity around 29%. The average temperature is 66.3 °F (19 °C).

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