Las Vegas Adventures: Hike Red Rock Canyon

I’m headed to Vegas for a long weekend with some buddies, but we don’t want to spend all of our time at the casinos and we don’t play golf. Where can we go for outdoor adventure?

Oct 24, 2012
Outside Magazine

View from the bottom of Red Rock Canyon.    Photo:Malgorzata Litkowska/Shutterstock


Just 20 miles outside of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area spreads across a patch of the Mojave Desert twice the size of the city itself. Even with thousands of people coming to hike and enjoy the canyon's world-renowned rock climbing, there's still plenty of solitude to be found. Try hiking the six-mile White Rock/La Madre Springs Loop; although the spring is more like a tiny pond, and the trail can be snow-dusted at times in the winter, you're unlikely to have any company. Plus, the views of mountain peaks and rock formations are worth the area's $7 per car entrance fee.

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