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Guide to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

The first trip to the Las Vegas area, was without my son and more work related. Back then, we spent our time on the Vegas strip and in convention rooms. This trip I had my whole family along and we had more free time to explore. If I could give you some great advice take the 17 mile-ish drive to Red Rock Canyon (that was the distance from our hotel)! I wanted to visit it on our first trip and just did not have the time. 

Once we landed at the airport, we got our Mazda CX-3 rental. It housed all our luggage without any issue. We were super excited to explore and set off after a quick stop at the hotel. I simply typed in “Red Rock Canyon” into the GPS point of interest feature and it immediately had the route we needed to take. 

As we started to get closer I saw this rock and HAD to stop for a photo. We do not live by mountains and seeing them up close is so surreal! I wish I could explain how the views make me feel but words escape me. I can say I would take them over a beach any day. Something about them are simply majestic and make me giddy inside!

When entering the Park they have a $7 fee. This includes so many overlooks, the scenic drive, hiking trails, the welcome center museum and more! I feel almost guilty only paying that so we slipped extra cash in a donation bin whilst in the Center. I have been to many different Parks and this was well worth that small fee in my opinion.

The very first viewing point, I realized just how fast the weather changes. We went from sunny to very windy and chilly within minutes.

As we drove further into the scenic route many of the mountains had snow and the roads started to show signs of ice. I live in New York, these types of conditions do not scare me but it helps to have a reliable vehicle equip to handle whatever mother nature throws at you. If you are not as well versed of a driver take your time. I saw to many people take the curved turns too fast and wipe out due to the icy roads.

By the end of the trip we were exhausted from all the wandering, photos, tours, hiking and it was nice to take a short smooth ride back to our hotel. If you decide to add this to your list of MUST-SEE places (which I RECOMMEND YOU DO) you might want to bring a few things along with you. 

1. Reliable car (we enjoyed our Mazda CX-8)- when the wind was so back it knocked over bikes with people riding them it helps to have a car that can handle itself! 

2. Warmer clothing- even if it says 70 degrees (which it was the day we went) in the mountains weather gets progressively colder and they have snow.

3. proper walking gear- I wore sneakers and layers to help fight some of the weather conditions. 

4. Water- it is the dessert for the most part. It is dry and if you are hiking you want to stay hydrated. There are no vending machines once you are on the trail itself that we saw.

5. Be mindful of wild animals. I saw so many signs alerting you to be careful of wild animals and for good reason. You are entering their preserve, if you will, and they are not meant for YOUR entertainment. I also can’t tell you ho many shows I have watched (because my son loves animal Planet) telling me how many poisonous reptiles live in this area.



  1. Rebecca
    March 13, 2017 / 3:03 am

    This area looks beautiful and I keep meaning to check it out whenever I'm in Vegas. $7 is not at all for visiting the park. I'm currently in Orange County and had to pay $20 to enter one of the state parks. Glad you had such a wonderful time.

  2. Elena (@TravelingBytes)
    March 13, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Have you noticed how in the mountains clouds seem so much closer. On your picture of the Red Rock they look like you can almost touch them. We had the same impression in Montana when clouds were just that close over our heads.

  3. Amy
    March 24, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Hehe this is awesome!! This would have been helpful when I did a destination shoot out there last fall. I just drove my couple out there and hoped for the best lol. I haven't really seen a gudie to Red Rock Canyon so that's awesome! Thank you for the post.

  4. Anonymous
    March 24, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    What an amazing landscape! The car looks great in the photos too!!

  5. Aida
    March 24, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I would love to visit Red Rock one day! Beauuuutiful landscape!

  6. Mercedes
    March 24, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    This is an excellent guide! Definitely #4 is a big deal!

  7. Sarah
    March 24, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    What an amazing place to visit!

  8. Alina
    March 24, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    This is so informative! I'll be there next month and doing a session and this helped so much!

  9. Melissa
    March 24, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    so cool – i'm going to road trip to vegas soon – we're gonna see death valley and red rock too 😀 looks BEAUTIFUL!!

  10. Bailey Elizabeth
    March 24, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Looks like a blast! These recommendations are very helpful, I'll definitely keep them in mind. Thank you for this!

  11. Unknown
    March 24, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I love this! What a great idea to document and share experiences.

  12. Unknown
    March 24, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    That looks like so so much fun!

  13. e. broderick photography
    March 24, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Wow! Looks like a great trip! Love all the tips!

  14. Alekandra
    March 24, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    What a great guide to the Red Rock Canyon

  15. Allie
    March 25, 2017 / 12:07 am

    wow what a beautiful spot! Just love the scenery. thanks for sharing your tips!

  16. Andrea Burolla Photography
    March 25, 2017 / 1:53 am

    Yes, much different from NY for sure! This is such a beautiful area of the country!

  17. Vali Elise
    March 25, 2017 / 2:18 am

    Oh this is wonderful! Thank you!

  18. Unknown
    March 25, 2017 / 9:09 am

    wow! this trip looks like such a blast! thanks for sharing!

  19. Unknown
    March 25, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Thanks for taking me on this wonderful adventure with you! Beautiful imagery!

  20. Sharee Davenport
    March 25, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    This guide is awesome. It looks like a fantastic trip to take!

  21. Unknown
    March 25, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Oh! I love guides like this! I will definitely remember it when I am in the area. Thank you!

  22. Nicole
    March 26, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    What an awesome guide! Definitely need to put Nevada high on our must visit list. Thanks for this!