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BLM offers online passes, timed entry reservations for Red Rock Canyon NCA on Recreation.gov

Erin McDermott

News Release
BLM Southern Nevada District 

Media Contact: John Asselin (702) 515-5046 jasselin@blm.gov 

September 16, 2020 

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management will offer online timed entry reservations and purchase of daily entry passes for the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Scenic Drive for visits on or after November 3, 2020. Daily passes and timed entry reservations will be available through Recreation.gov. Advanced reservations are available beginning October 6, 2020.  

The BLM will offer these services for Red Rock Canyon NCA on Recreation.gov to improve visitor experience, address capacity issues during busy seasons, and improve human health and safety. Addressing capacity issues will also help staff manage resources around the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive. Online purchase of daily entry passes also shortens the wait at fee gates. Recreation.gov is available 24-hours a day. 

“The availability of online daily passes and timed entry reservations will help us maintain, and improve, the quality visitor experience at Red Rock Canyon,” said Catrina Williams, Red Rock/Sloan Field Manager. “I’m excited we will be able to offer this online system, which will streamline entry, improve safety and help us effectively protect resources.”  

The Scenic Drive at Red Rock Canyon NCA typically experiences a significant increase in visitation during the mild weather seasons of fall, winter and spring, primarily between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., leading to closures when the fee area reaches capacity. To address capacity and safety issues, timed entry reservations will be mandatory for all visitors October 1 to May 31 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Timed entry reservations will not begin this year until November 3. Timed entry reservations are not required between June 1 and September 30.  

Timed entry reservations will be for entry during the reserved time window. After entry, visitors may continue to enjoy the area until closing time. The reservation does not restrict the amount of time visitors may stay inside the fee area. 

Timed entry reservations do not include the entry fee for the Scenic Drive – visitors must also have a daily pass, Red Rock Canyon Annual Support Pass, or an America The Beautiful Pass. Passes allow entry to the pass holder and passengers in their vehicle. All passes will still be available for purchase at the Red Rock Canyon NCA fee gates. Daily passes will also be available at Recreation.gov. 

Recreation.gov will charge a $2 processing fee for timed entry reservations. Timed entry reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. The Recreation.gov Red Rock Canyon NCA page is at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/1826

More information about Red Rock Canyon is available at https://www.blm.gov/red-rock-canyon-nca

Frequently asked questions: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/Nevada-Red-Rock-Timed_Entry_Q_and_A.pdf

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Las Vegas, NV  89161

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