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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Explore the trails of this desert landscape lined with dramatic sandstone cliffs, just outside of Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Our most recommended tours and activities

Red Rock Canyon by Tour Trekker from Las Vegas

1. Red Rock Canyon by Tour Trekker from Las Vegas

Drive along the 13-mile scenic drive at Red Rock National Conservation area accompanied by an NAI Certified Tour Guide. See the dramatic rock formations and brilliant colors. A stop at the Visitors Center allows you to explore many exhibits and learn the history of the fascinating area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only minutes from the Strip, has scenery that is so dramatic it is often selected as the backdrop for movies and commercials. Along the 13-mile scenic drive you will view the impressive Wilson Cliffs, part of the 65-million-year-old Keystone Thrust. Numerous geological features abound, including the fossilized sand dunes of the brilliantly colored Calico Hills. A brief stop at the Visitor Center allows you to explore many fascinating exhibits, interactive learning experiences, and a well-stocked gift shop. Beautiful desert scenery, ancient Native American pictographs, and diverse vegetation make this tour one you’ll never forget.

Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

2. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

Enjoy the "Best of Las Vegas" on this one-of-a-kind aerial flight featuring a natural gem of the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon. Fly over the iconic fiery-red sandstone cliffs and the scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon on your way to one of the best views in Las Vegas. Departing from the Las Vegas Strip terminal, enjoy aerial views over Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Descend to a private vista for views of the Las Vegas Strip and Valley. From this panoramic overlook 2,900 feet above the city, relax with champagne for 30 minutes near Red Rock Canyon. Your helicopter landing adventure concludes with a flight over some of Las Vegas's most luxurious homes and golf courses. Upon returning to the Las Vegas Strip, see iconic landmarks such as Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Luxor, T-Mobile Arena, and the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium. You can also opt to take the tour at sunset. Enjoy an extended landing time at the golden hour from a secluded viewpoint. Return after sunset as the Strip shines bright and the city comes to life.

From Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Hire

3. From Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Hire

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Las Vegas, and then travel to the Red Rock National Conservation Area a few miles west of the city. Get fitted with the correct gear and electric bike on arrival, and benefit from any necessary training and clothing to enjoy your experience in safety. Get access to 20 miles of scenic bike paths along the Blue Diamond and Red Rock scenic loops, along with the paths around the affluent Summerlin district. Enjoy the freedom to stop and start at your leisure. Look for the local wildlife, such as coyotes and bighorn sheep. Reconnect with nature among the sandstone rocks of the Red Rock Canyon, estimated to be 180 to 190 million years old. Fill your lungs with fresh air and take in the stunning vistas of the conservation area before the transfer back to downtown Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon w/Rocky Gap 4x4 Adventure

4. Red Rock Canyon w/Rocky Gap 4x4 Adventure

This is an exciting upgrade to the Red Rock Canyon Classic tour, riding in a cutting-edge Jeep Wrangler. Within minutes of the Strip, you’ll find yourself on the natural side of Las Vegas. Experience a thrilling off-road adventure up Rocky Gap Road, and appreciate the raw beauty of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area at every turn.  See the blazing Red Spring Mountain Range, fossilized sand dunes, and the brilliantly colored Calico Hills. Your guided journey along this 13-mile (21-kilometer) scenic loop, plus Rocky Gap Road, will surely impress you with all of its natural beauty.

Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Ultimate Guided Tour

5. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Ultimate Guided Tour

This tour totally immerses you in the remarkable nature and history of one of the most gorgeous places on earth! A perfect half-day getaway from the bustle and Vegas strip, you will enter a totally opposite world on this tour - awesome, inspiring nature, Native American heritage sites, and real Wild West historical homes and hangouts. Driving through the Red Rock Canyon area, you will simply be amazed. Stand beside these gorgeous canyons and mountains and be overwhelmed by their beauty and feel their power. The old Spring Mountain Ranch, Blue Diamond mining town, and the surrounding majesty of the Red Rocks will leave you feeling like you got a great taste of the old west of Vegas when Native Americans lived in peace with the lands, before the glitter and glamour and when life was tough, and tough people ruled the day, and the remarkable beauty of the surrounding nature made it all worth living for.

Las Vegas 3-Hour Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour

6. Las Vegas 3-Hour Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour

Get ready to enjoy one of the best nature adventures Las Vegas has to offer. Spend 3 hours in the stunning Red Rock National Conservation Area on an electric bike ride – the new and exciting way to see this natural wonder. Experience 360-degree views as you enjoy a comfortable ride on a bike that is easy to handle and does the work for you. You’ll cycle the 13-mile loop and its 1000-foot elevation change with little or no effort on this sleek, innovative machine! Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas and features some of the most spectacular views in this part of the country. Red and cream sandstone formations, waterfalls, rock engravings, feral horses, wild burros, bighorn sheep, coyotes, desert tortoise, and a variety of desert plant life is a glimpse of what this scenic adventure has to offer.

Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Seven Magic Mountains

7. Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Seven Magic Mountains

Journey through some of Nevada's most breathtaking landscapes have the chance to explore ancient petroglyphs and witness the incredible intersection of nature and art at Seven Magic Mountains on this day trip from Vegas. Your adventure begins with a scenic drive to Valley of Fire State Park, known for its stunning red sandstone formations and ancient petroglyphs. Begin at Elephant Rock, a towering rock formation that resembles an elephant. Admire the natural beauty of the park and snap some photos. Next, you'll head to Atlatl Rock, where you'll see some of the park's ancient petroglyphs, which were created by Native Americans over 2,000 years ago. The petroglyphs depict animals, humans, and other symbols, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of the region. From there, visit Seven Sisters, a series of towering rock formations that resemble seven towering sisters. This is another great spot for taking photos and soaking up the awe-inspiring beauty of the park. You'll then have the option to hike one of three trails: Fire Wave, Rainbow Vista, or White Domes. Fire Wave is a short, easy hike that leads to a unique sandstone formation that resembles an ocean wave. Choose Rainbow Vista, which offers panoramic views of the park's colorful rock formations. Try the White Domes which takes you on a scenic journey through narrow canyons and slot canyons. After a morning adventure in the park, head to Seven Magic Mountains, a stunning art installation located in the Mojave Desert just outside of Las Vegas. See the bold, colorful display of seven towering pillars made from locally-sourced boulders stacked on top of each other created by Ugo Rondinone. Take in the bright, fluorescent-colored pillars, which rise up to 30 feet high and stand out against the natural desert landscape. The installation is a surreal sight and offers some incredible photo opportunities. Enjoy a must-see attraction for art lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Finally, Wrap up your tour at around 2 or 3 PM and be dropped back at your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas Strip Trike Tour

8. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas Strip Trike Tour

Hop on board a 2-person trike and embark on a guided trip to picturesque Red Rock Canyon with its unforgettable views and red rocks. Get a taste of the city at the Las Vegas Strip and stop at the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign for photos. Your tour begins at the trike shop and a short safety briefing. Then you’ll gear up with your trike and helmet before hitting the local streets for a fun and thrilling ride. With an automatic trike, you’ll get to enjoy the fresh air and freedom of a bike without getting tired. Rest assured no motorcycle license is needed to ride your trike. When you arrive at the Las Vegas sign, get plenty of time to take photos before continuing the trip to Red Rock Canyon. Later, ride back to the trike shop to drop off your gear and say goodbye to your guide. 

Red Rock Canyon Sign& Seven Magic Mountains Tour

9. Red Rock Canyon Sign& Seven Magic Mountains Tour

Escape the noise of Las Vegas on a shared group or private guided tour adventure. Visit Red Rock Canyon Sign and Seven Magic Mountains and admire the beautiful views of Mojave desert and red sandstone formations far away from the chaos and lights of Sin City. Begin your half day trip with a pickup from your Las Vegas accommodation and drive to Red Rock Canyon Sign in the expansive Mojave Desert. See the most famous views of red Aztec sandstone. Snap the perfect picture of the stunning red sandstone. Before heading back to Las Vegas, discover the impressive Seven Magic Mountains and enjoy wonderful views of the Mojave desert. Created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, this large-scale piece of art includes seven towers of brightly colored boulders standing up to thirty feet high and each weighing up to 50,000 pounds. Return to your Las Vegas hotel having seen the beautiful nature surrounding the city.

Las Vegas: Sunset Hike and Photography Tour Near Red Rock

10. Las Vegas: Sunset Hike and Photography Tour Near Red Rock

Join a small group tour to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and take in the Seven Magic Mountains as an optional extra. Meet your experienced tour guide at your hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to start your trip to Red Rock Canyon. Meet your experienced tour guide at your hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to start your trip. If you choose the Seven Magic Mountains option, you will head straight to admire the art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone after pickup from your hotel. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than 30-feet high, the Seven Magic Mountains is a creative expression of human presence in the desert. Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. Discover the Mojave Desert and Red Rock's views from Blue Diamond road with scenic desert cliffs, buttes, and rock formations. State Route 159 cuts through an unnamed but often-visited valley; it is commonly, but mistakenly, referred to as Red Rock Canyon.  Admire the Cliffs, or Keystone Thrust, a massive wall of rock, which can be seen to the west from SR 159. Toward the southern end of the National Conservation Area are Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Bonnie Springs Ranch, and the village of Blue Diamond. Uncover the beauty of a series of colorful sandstone formations that sit beneath an older limestone backdrop, providing ideal photo opportunities. Some stops include a gentle hike, while others are great for photos and sightseeing. Right before the sun sets, witness the firsthand artwork of Mother Nature as the sky changes color from blue to fiery red to a soft orange and pink. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour in time to take a shower and get ready for Vegas nightlife.

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What people are saying about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 448 reviews

Highly recommended for an effective trip for some nature get away from the city. George was kind and attentive, and of course actually put in effort to take many wonderful photos of us. Def worth the price to be driven around scenic beauties of the desert and Nevada. My only thing is trip was shorter than advertised but too long would be tiring anyway. Thanks again, George!

Me and my wife went on the Red Rock Canyon Helicopter tour. This was a first experience for both but we really enjoyed the amazing views. The pilot guided the small group of passengers and turned it into a fun ride with friends. I would totally recommend this activity.

Amazing experience. You get to see Vegas from the sky which is a completely different perspective! Would highly recommend.

Quincy was a great tour guide and definitely a great personal touch

Jack was an amazing tour guide and we really enjoyed the tour.