Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers backcountry camping in areas above 5,000 feet throughout its nearly 196,000 scenic acres of rough desert terrain. You would be hard pressed to find areas in Red Rock Canyon that do not offer fantastic views of brown and red layered cliffs and mountains. Hiking and rock climbing opportunities are abundant in Red Rock Canyon.

The Mojave Desert setting of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area can be harsh with extreme conditions often prevalent. You can expect it to be very hot or cold, dry, and windy, with scorpions and snakes in the area during warmer seasons. Camping here in the summer time is not recommended. Often in the winter the scenic views are enhanced when the surrounding mountains and cliffs are dusted with snow.

The backcountry camping in Red Rock Canyon is a primitive experience. Be prepared for a harsh environment and bring plenty of water. Developed campsites are available at Red Rock Campground.

Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Camping Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Unlimited
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Very Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible on many carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
Other:

Getting There

Address: 3205 State Route 159, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Geo Coordinates:
Nearest City/Town: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: Backcountry camping only available above 5,000 Feet
Location: Clark County, Nevada
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 10-20 Miles to Las Vegas, Nevada
Directions:

Connect

Phone: (702) 515-5371
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.

Chance of Rain
Saturday 01/20 50%
High 46° / Low 27°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with showers. High 46F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Clear
Sunday 01/21 0%
High 50° / Low 26°
Clear
A mainly sunny sky. High near 50F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 01/22 0%
High 54° / Low 29°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 54F. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Tuesday 01/23 0%
High 57° / Low 32°
Clear
Sunny skies. High 57F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 59° / Low 35°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 59F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 01/25 10%
High 55° / Low 28°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High near 55F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

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 Canyon National Conservation Area

Hiking Guides

Image Credits: BLM via Flickr

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