BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO HOLD PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM ON CALICO BASIN

The Southern Nevada District will hold a virtual information forum to involve the public in the early stages of a proposed Recreation Area Management Plan for the Calico Basin area on March 11.

The Red Rock/Sloan Field Office is in the initial stages of identifying issues for the plan and invites the public to submit comments. The plan would guide future development and provide management direction for recreation resources within the Calico Basin Recreation Area, located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The information forum will be held online on March 11, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m. PST. More information on the meeting is available at https://www.virtualpublicmeeting.com/calicobasinramp-home.

Those unable to attend the meeting, or wish to provide comments later, may email BLM_NV_SNDO_RR_CalicoBasinRAMP_EA@blm.gov until March 25, 2021. More information is also available at https://www.virtualpublicmeeting.com/calicobasinramp-home

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area fee free February 15

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area fee free February 15 

LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management will waive amenity-related fees at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for Presidents Day on February 15. Other fees, such as camping, entry reservations and group day use, will remain in effect.   

A timed entry reservation is still required for entry to the Scenic Drive between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and available through Recreation.gov at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10075177. The gates open at 6 a.m., and no reservations are required before 8 a.m. There is also limited mobile phone service at Red Rock Canyon NCA. 

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first national conservation area. It is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area includes a 13-Mile Scenic Drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, and nature observing. More information about the NCA is available at https://www.blm.gov/red-rock-canyon-nca

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO HOLD PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM ON COTTONWOOD VALLEY RECREATION

LAS VEGAS — Keeping with the agency’s multiple use mission, the Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District will hold a virtual information forum to involve the public in the early stages of a proposed Recreation Area Management Plan for the Cottonwood Valley trails area.

The Cottonwood Valley trails are defined by the area of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area south of Spring Mountain Ranch, west of Nevada State Route 159 to the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness boundary, and the entire portion of Red Rock Canyon NCA south of State Route 160. The planning area does not include designated Wilderness and excludes private property inholdings within Red Rock Canyon NCA.

“The Cottonwood Valley trails have grown into a regional and national recreation destination for mountain biking and hiking,” said Josh Travers, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office Assistant Manager. “This popularity has resulted in the need for a Recreation Area Management Plan to manage use in a sustainable and intentional way that protects the natural resources of Red Rock Canyon NCA and meets the public’s desired recreation experience.”

The RAMP will be used to guide trail maintenance, new trail development, and resource protection in the Cottonwood Valley trails area. This public information forum will be used to collect public feedback on the preliminary plan components and further inform management decisions.

The information forum will be held online on February 18, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. PST. People can register for the meeting at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_0_fn_NzeScy9KEm-mzpRgg. Information on the meeting link will be provided after registration. Those unable to attend the meeting, or wish to provide comments later, may email BLM_SNDO_RR_CottonwoodRamp@blm.gov until March 22. More information is also available at the Red Rock Canyon NCA website at https://www.blm.gov/red-rock-canyon-nca.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 11 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2020—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area fee free January 18

The Bureau of Land Management will waive amenity-related fees at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for Martin Luther King Jr Day on January 18. Other fees, such as camping, group day use, and timed entry reservation will remain in effect. A timed entry reservation is still required for entry to the Scenic Drive between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Recreation.gov at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10075177. The gates open at 6 a.m., and no reservations are required before 8 a.m. More information on timed entry reservations is available at https://www.recreation.gov/…/visiting-red-rock…/1896.More information about the Red Rock Canyon NCA is available at https://www.blm.gov/red-rock-canyon-nca.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area fee free September 26

LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management will waive amenity-related fees at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for National Public Lands Day on September 26. Other fees, such as camping and group day use, will remain in effect.   

Visitation is expected to be heavy, with the most congested time anticipated between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is also limited mobile phone service at Red Rock Canyon NCA, so please keep this in mind when using ride-sharing services – you may not have coverage to hail a ride back. 

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first national conservation area. It is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area includes a LEED certified visitor center, 13-Mile Scenic Drive, miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and the Red Spring Interpretive Boardwalk. More information about the NCA is available at https://www.blm.gov/red-rock-canyon-nca

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

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

Friends Participates in #GivingTuesdayNow

You are part of the Friends family, and we need family right now.

Soon enough our volunteers will be back at Red Rock Canyon NCA , and we expect a strong wave of visitors along with a long list of items to cleanup and repair around the NCA. 

But for now, there are no visitors, and Friends has suffered from the loss of contributions in our donation boxes and the revenue that our inventory sales provide. 

Philanthropy is important in this moment, andwe hope you will consider making a gift to Friends. 

You can donate here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/friends-of-red-rock-canyon

You can learn more about our organization  and membership here: www.friendsredrock.org

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area fee free February 17, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management will waive amenity-related fees at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 17. Other fees, such as camping and group day use, will remain in effect. 

Visitation on that day, and the weekend prior, is expected to be heavy, with the most congested time anticipated between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is also limited mobile phone service at Red Rock Canyon NCA, so please keep this in mind when using ride-sharing services – you may not have coverage to hail a ride back.

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first national conservation area. It is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area includes a LEED certified visitor center, 13-Mile Scenic Drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, and nature observing. More information about the NCA is available at https://www.blm.gov/red-rock-canyon-nca.