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|
|Use Level:||Very Low|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on many carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Address:||3205 State Route 159, Las Vegas, NV 89161|
|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|
|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.
Thursday 02/21 50%
High 40° / Low 28°
Cloudy with rain and snow this morning. Snow showers for the afternoon. High around 40F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 50%.
Friday 02/22 0%
High 46° / Low 20°
Mainly sunny. High 46F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday 02/23 0%
High 48° / Low 26°
Sunshine and some clouds. High 48F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 02/24 0%
High 52° / Low 30°
Sunshine and some clouds. High 52F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 02/25 0%
High 56° / Low 34°
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 56F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday 02/26 0%
High 59° / Low 41°
Partly cloudy. High 59F. Winds SSE 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
Image Credits: BLM via Flickr