"Red Rock Canyon" Red Rock Canyon Tip by SMGsBoyToy

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas: 63 reviews and 97 photos

  Red Rock Canyon
by SMGsBoyToy

Red Rock Canyon, located 20 miles west of Las Vegas off of State Highway 159, allows visitors to hike, picnic and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot high red rock formations.
The strata exposed reveal more than 500 million years of geological history. The canyon is a bed of an ancient deep sea, where over time sediments washed in and the water evaporated.

The boulders and pinnacles range in color from deep sandstone red to white. The red color is the result of weathered iron composites.

Visitors can explore the park on a 13-mile loop road that winds through the canyon and reveals rock formations that cannot be seen from outside the park. Picnic areas and hiking trails can also be accessed by the loop.

FYI - If it rains, there is a very high chance of flash floods. Would not recommend visiting if it might rain.

Phone: (702) 515-5350
Website: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

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  • Written Sep 22, 2004
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