Today’s Travel TBT is a local adventure in Las Vegas, NV. Most would call it a natural treasure of Sin City. In fact, it’s actually known as Nevada’s crown jewel. It is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Located about 17 miles/30 minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Canyon is absolutely worthy of taking a few hours from your Las Vegas itinerary.
This wasn’t my original TBT choice, but given Clark County’s recent circumstances, I thought that the beautifully preserved Red Rock landscape could use some love. The long-time protected lands of Red Rock are facing the possibility of being covered by a housing development of 5,000 homes. *This post is not sponsored nor encouraged by any affiliated parties, but just an attempt to spread awareness of @SaveRedRock’s #KeepRedRockRural campaign.
What can you do at Red Rock Canyon?
For those who aren’t familiar with Las Vegas’s not-so-hidden gem, Red Rock is the exact opposite of what the Las Vegas Strip has to offer. A visit to Red Rock will give you nature, serenity, and a breath of fresh air, amongst other things. Several activities are offered including biking, camping, climbing, and hiking.
With 19 hiking trails, you can seek amazing 360-degree views (at all levels of difficulty) that range from waterfalls to larger than life rocks to panoramic cityscapes. The only activities I’ve done in Red Rock are hiking and driving through its 13-mile breathtaking scenic route. However, there are some uniquely awesome ways to discover Red Rock via tours. Do a simple search on GroupOn, and you may even snag you a deal on some of the following…
Ways to Discover Red Rock
- Horseback Riding
- Pink Jeep
- Hot-Air Balloon Ride
- Segway Tour
- Scooter Tour (Vespa style)
- Scooter Car (County Fair style)
- Spyder Tour (Motorcycle)
- FREE Red Rock Hosted Adventures
*Red Rock is open daily & costs a $7 entrance fee per car
Why I like Red Rock Canyon
Whatever you fancy, adventure is out there. IMO, Red Rock pushes you to re-discover the city, adding an element to Las Vegas unlike any type of entertainment, nightlife, or global cuisine. Hiking with friends and family at Red Rock has always made me feel like this is a new experience for all of us. It’s time to #OptOutside, and you can do just that at Red Rock Canyon.
Help Save Red Rock
If you couldn’t tell, I’m on Team Keep Red Rock Rural. …along with 48,000+ others. You too can join the fight in trying to keep developments out of the well preserved lands by signing here. In the meantime, enjoy a piece of local Las Vegas at Red Rock Canyon!
Have you already been? Do you know of any other local gems outside of the Strip and DTLV? Where are your go-to “local” spots when you visit Sin City? Share in the comments below, I’d love to know!