Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is visited by more than two million people each year.
In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a book store.
In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area, the seventh to be designated nationally.
This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. Two million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs sponsored by the BLM.
The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the West. It adheres to the policy of multiple use, thereby providing recreational opportunities, protection for cultural sites, and the management of natural resources, including wildlife.
A favorite stop at Red Rock is the visitor center. Not only it is a one-stop shop for getting tips on how to make the most of your visits, it’s a great place to learn more about Red Rock and the Mojave Desert and pick up a few souvenirs.
The LEED gold-certified visitor center is designed to encourage stewardship for public land by providing an outdoor experience that instills a sense of personal responsibility.
The majority of the innovative interpretive exhibits are outside with four themed elements: earth, air, fire and water. If you are eager to see desert tortoises or learn more about Red Rock’s geology, head toward the Earth exhibit. Looking for a dust devil? Head to the air exhibit to create one yourself. Many people think this area is roasting hot in the summer; come to fire exhibit to learn about agave roasting pits. The water exhibit will remind you of how precious this resource is in the desert.
The indoor portion of the visitor center includes a reception desk staffed by helpful employees and volunteers who can answer your questions, a million dollar view of the Calico Hills, touch screen exhibits, classroom and gift shop.
When the original visitor center – which is now the administrative building – opened in 1982, about 20,000 people visited Red Rock each year. Now more than a million people a year visit the area. To address this issue, the Secretary of the Interior approved funds under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act to build a new visitor center to provide enhanced visitor services to the increasing number of people who visit the National Conservation Area each year.
Color Nevada Wild – A coloring book published by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Junior Ranger Red Rock Canyon – Program and activity book to learn about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and become a Junior Ranger. (Please be patient during download, the file size is large.)
Junior Ranger Geology and Fossils – Activity book focusing on geology and fossils.
Junior Ranger Wild Horses and Burros – Activity book on how they became living symbols of the American West.
For Parents and Teachers
Below is a brief explanation of each link in the education pages. If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like to submit, please feel free. We are always looking for lesson plans or materials to add to the site. The best address to send these materials to is firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Programs – This link provides information on classroom programs, field trips, or workshops made available by Red Rock Canyon and how to get information on them.
Teacher Resources – This link provides teachers with information and resources about Red Rock Canyon the surrounding area and general teaching aids.
Hands on the Land – This link will direct you to a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways.
Volunteering is an American tradition that has made immeasurable contributions to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country.
Your contribution of time and energy will help us to protect the magnificent natural and cultural areas entrusted to us, and you’ll go home with a sense of pride at having participated in something worthwhile.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a part of your public land to help take care of and cherish.
Individuals, families, and organized groups are welcome to volunteer. Many opportunities are available for persons who are beginners to the highly skilled professional as well as opportunities for short term and long term commitments. Volunteering at Red Rock Canyon can be challenging and rewarding.
What are the benefits?
- You get to meet new people with the same interests.
- You get to learn about the desert environment so close to the city that we live.
- Free training on subjects such as geology, plant, animals, and native peoples.
- Best of all you get to play outside.
- BLM volunteers have the same benefits as federal government employees for compensation for work-related injuries and tort claims protection. Although volunteers contribute their services without pay, they may deduct out-of-pocket expenses on income tax returns within the limits set by tax laws. Deductions can include car mileage, meals and lodging expenses incurred as a result of volunteer work.
The only areas which prohibit volunteers are law enforcement, fire suppression, and participating on special use flights.
A few volunteer opportunity examples are:
- Information Desk
- Tortoise Habitat Monitor
- Trail Monitor
- Natural Resource Team
- Landscape Team
If you have an interest in volunteering your time and expertise to Red Rock Canyon we would like to encourage you to fill out the Volunteer Application form and send it to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area; C/O Cal Howell, HCR 33 Box 5500, Las Vegas, NV 89161.
For more information about these or other volunteer opportunities please contact our volunteer coordinator at 702-515-5350.
Become a Friend of Red Rock Canyon.
While you always can volunteer directly with BLM, becoming a Friend means you hundreds of members and enjoy many benefits – from friendships to invitations to special events to even discounts at the gift shop at the visitor center.
Learn more about becoming a member. Click here.
Get your custom Red Rock Canyon license plates. Click here.