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Release Date: 08/27/12
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 ,

Red Rock Canyon Campground Reopens August 31

Las Vegas - Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground will reopen Friday, August 31 in time for the beginning of the busiest camping season. Cooler temperatures during the fall and winter months make Red Rock a destination for rock climbers and recreationalists from around the world.
Beginning in early September, a new and more convenient water supply will be created at the campground. The project will entail the installation of a test well, subsequent water production well and water lines in the campground area. Campground users should be aware that there will be construction activity within the campground as well as associated noise from heavy equipment Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., when most campers are out exploring.  About 25 percent of the individual campsites will be periodically closed due and the entire group site area will be closed in December while underground lines and new water hydrants are installed. Construction is anticipated to finish in December 2012.
The BLM is also prohibiting campfires and/or charcoal barbecues in Red Rock Campground until fire restrictions are lifted, usually in late September/early October.
Red Rock Campground is located within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area approximately two miles east of the visitor center on State Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard) and is the only developed campground within the conservation area. The campground features 71 individual campsites and seven group campsites. Individual sites are $15 per site/night and group campsites are $40 per site/night. Reservations for the group campsites are required and can be made by calling 702-515-5371 or 
Due to low visitation in the summer (about six percent capacity a month), the campground was seasonally closed May 29. Since its opening in 1999, more than 500,000 people have stayed at the Red Rock Campground.
Backcountry camping is allowed within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area above 5,000 feet. A permit is required and can be obtained by calling: 702-515-5050.
Camping is also allowed on BLM managed public land outside of the Las Vegas Valley for up to two weeks without charge. Popular primitive (no facilities) sites include Bitter Spring Back Country Byway, Gold Butte Back Country Byway, Knob Hill, Virgin Mountains, Christmas Tree Pass and Logandale Trails System.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 04-14-2015