Red Rock Campground at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the closest public campground to the glittering lights of the Las Vegas strip. This campground is situated in a wide, sloping desert valley and offers spectacular views of the brown and red layered cliffs at the valley edge. There are no trees at Red Rock Campground and much of the plant life is made up of low desert shrubs, so shade is a luxury. Since the campground is a wide-open space without any large trees or plants, you can easily see the neighboring campsites. However, the campsites are spaced widely apart, so you do not hear the other campsites too much.
Since Red Rock Campground is located in the desert, conditions are usually in the extremes one way or another. Expect it to be very hot or cold, dry, and windy. Also, be on the look out for scorpions and snakes during warmer seasons. Camping here in the summer time is not recommended, but camping in the winter time can be a great experience. Often in the winter the scenic views are enhanced when the surrounding mountains and cliffs are dusted with snow.
Red Rock Campground is fantastic place for hiking with numerous scenic trails accessible from the campground or within a short drive. Rock climbing is also popular with many sheer cliffs within Red Rock Canyon.
The campground has 72 campsites with 14 walk-in campsites and 5 RV campsites. All of the campsites, except the walk-in campsites, include a picnic table, fire ring, and access to vault toilets. The walk-in campsites do not have a fire ring. Roughly about half of the campsites have a shade ramada. There are also 7 reservable group campsites. Red Rock Campground used to be known as 11 Mile Campground, and also replaced Oak Creek Campground (which many people liked better than Red Rock Campground).
Red Rock Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||72 Campsites|
|Fire Rings:||Yes – Walk-in Campsites do not have fire rings|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined – Large RVs OK|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on many carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Address:||3293 Moenkopi Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89161
|Geo Coordinates:||36.130573, -115.383659|
|Nearest City/Town:||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Location:||Clark County, Nevada|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes – Paved to campground, unpaved in campground|
|Proximity to Stores:||10 Miles to Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Directions:||Red Rock Campground is located two miles east of the Visitor Center on west Charleston Boulevard (State Route 159) and then one mile south on Moenkopi Road.|
|Web:||Bureau of Land Management – Southern Nevada District Office|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come/First-Served|
When To Go
Spring & Fall – Spring and Fall offer the best weather, not too hot, and not too cold. It is not suggested to arrive in the middle of the night in the hopes of locating an empty campsite, especially during the fall and spring. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods are also very busy as are other holiday weekends.
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 68° / Low 43°
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 40s.
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 71° / Low 43°
Sunny skies. High 71F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday 10/18 0%
High 73° / Low 45°
Mainly sunny. High 73F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 10/19 0%
High 77° / Low 46°
Mainly sunny. High 77F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday 10/20 20%
High 77° / Low 53°
Mostly sunny skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 77F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.
Sunday 10/21 50%
High 75° / Low 52°
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with mostly cloudy conditions later in the day. High near 75F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
What To Do
Hiking – This is a popular activity in the area withe several hiking destinations nearby.
Rock Climbing – Proximity to great Rock Climbing is one of the primary reasons people camp at Red Rock Campground.
Image Credits: BLM via Flickr