Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area lies in Nevada’s Mojave Desert just 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re feeling the need to take a break from the sensory overload of Vegas, a daytime excursion to Red Rock Canyon for some hiking is the perfect escape. Red Rock Canyon has a scenic 13-mile, one way road with various hikes and viewpoints along the way. Highlights of Red Rock Canyon are summitting Turtlehead Peak, exploring the unique red rocks of Calico Tanks and venturing deep into Ice Box Canyon for a more advanced scramble. This page has videos and downloadable guides of some of the best hikes in Red Rock Canyon.
Ice Box Canyon is our favorite hike in Red Rock Canyon. The canyon provides shade on a hot summer day and there is lots of boulder hopping to keep things interesting as you hike into the canyon. At the end of the canyon there are small pools, seasonal waterfalls and the opportunity to do some technical scrambling up the wall of the canyon.
Difficulty Rating: 6+/10
Turtlehead Peak Trail is one of the most challenging hikes in Red Rock Canyon. Intermediate level scrambling and loose rocks along the trail add to the difficulty of this hike. This steep, well-travelled trail can be quite strenuous, but the incredible panoramic view from the peak is well worth it.
Difficulty Rating: 6/10
Calico Tanks is a great hike for families and hikers of all ages and abilities. This trail is fairly short, but is one of the most interesting hikes in Red Rock Canyon. Scrambling over the red sandstone rock formations is a lot of fun, and makes this hike one of our favorites.
Difficulty Rating: 4/10