Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Forged under a deep ocean, the rocks of Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert, Nevada, were created by an abundance of rich marine life flourishing and finally depositing shells and skeletons more than 9,000 feet thick. This is just the beginning of the story of how Red Rock Canyon came to be.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area lies in the Mojave Desert just west of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nevada's first National Conservation Area protects almost 200,000 acres of sandstone cliffs, Limestone Mountains and open desert. A 13 mile long scenic drive offers visitors stunning vistas and over 30 miles of hiking trails. The Conservation Area also includes world class rock climbing, as well as mountain bike and horseback trails.

Make a Difference Day 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Please consider attending Make a Difference Day at Red Rock Canyon Saturday morning October 28. Volunteers will be working on several projects including lining trails/campsites, installing signposts, area cleanup, and planting vegetation.

Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age. An adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 18.

Please no pets.

Click on photo above to download PDF flyer for event.

Water, snacks and lunch provided.

Pre-register by emailing

Event location and further details provided with the registration confirmation.

If you are an existing volunteer you may register in Volgistics.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Registration: 7:00 a.m. Calico I parking lot.

Join the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Red Rock Canyon and the Southern Nevada Conservancy and assist with installing fence at Calico I and Sandstone Quarry parking lots. The work will include digging holes and installing posts and rails as well as trail maintenance and trash cleanup near the parking lots.

Please plan ahead and dress appropriately for the weather conditions and work to be completed. We recommend a long sleeve shirt, long pants and boots or tennis shoes—please no open toe shoes. Lunch will be served and water, snacks, gloves and tools will be provided.

Minimum age for this event is 12 years old. Event capacity will be 60 volunteers so register early.

Location: Calico I (first parking area on the 13-mile Scenic Drive), Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. From I-215, take Charleston Boulevard West/SR 159 West to 1000 Scenic Loop Drive.

For more information please contact Cal Howell at 702-515-5386.

Registration for this event is closed. Please check our event page or our volunteer page to find out about other volunteer opportunities.

Fall volunteer training schedule announced

Click on the link below to view the training schedule for October - December 2017.

October - December 2017 Training Schedule

Current volunteers can register through Volgistics, email James Cribbs: or call J. Cribbs at 702-515-5365 and ask to sign up for the volunteer training sessions.

If you are not a current volunteer and are interested in signing up go to our Volunteer page for more information.

2017 Commemorative Coin Set now available online!!

2017 Commemorative Coins

The 2017 Collectable Coins include the roadrunner, a monarch butterfly, the Joshua tree and everyone’s favorite diva, Maxine.

These 99.9% copper tokens are available in the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center for $2.00 each. Your purchase supports the programs and services funded by Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

Can’t make it to the Visitor Center? You can order the complete set for only $12.00 per set. Your price includes shipping to one continental US address and no member discounts will apply.

Click here to go to the Other page of our store


Sixty two volunteers and 8 staff members participated in this years Red Rock Day event held on a beautiful spring day at Calico Basin. There were a total of 312.5 hours recorded by the volunteers during the day. An additional 110.5 hours were volunteered doing event planning and setup.

The annual event was funded by Friends of Red Rock Canyon with additional funding provided by the National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota Motor Sales USA. Friends of Red Rock Canyon provided morning snacks, water, lunch and SWAG (Stuff We All Get) bags. Staff members of the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association assisted with morning registration and lunch as well as providing an environmental education station for event volunteers and local hikers

The volunteers installed a new Kiosk sign, created a new trail head/connecting trail, repaired fencing, installed new barrier posts, performed trail maintenance, naturalized several braided trails, collected trash and rebuilt the Kraft Mountain Trail arroyo crossing by installing new stone steps on each side of the arroyo

Lunch and snacks were provide by Friends of Red Rock Canyon and the Red Rock Canyon Interpretative Association staff assisted with registration and lunch as well as staffing an environmental education table for volunteers and hikers.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon member Roger Hembree served as event photographer as well as helping with the Kiosk sign installation. Photos will be shared with the BLM and RRCIA staffs..

The parking area and trails around the Kraft Mountain parking area were much improved thanks to everyone’s efforts.

A special thanks to the team leads and staff members for their support and extra efforts.

Seekers , Saints & Scoundrels

The colorful characters of Red Rock Canyon are here!

Price reduced to $15

Book Cover

This history of Red Rock Canyon covers 175 years of exploration, exploitation, development and preservation. Antonio Armijo, the Wilson boys, T.P. Rhea and Bonnie Levinson are just a few of the explorers, cowboys, miners and settlers who have been the voices of Red Rock Canyon

Researched and written by Friends of Red Rock Canyon volunteers, this 300 page history of the Rock provides a remarkable look back as to how the Conservation Area came to be.

Seekers , Saints & Scoundrels is also available as a Kindle book at

Click on the links below to see a PDF book promo or to read the book foreward or click on the store link to purchase the book

PDF Book Promo

PDF Book Foreward

Red Rock Store

NEW!! Tort magnet set now available

Hugo Magnet

This is your chance to enjoy all of the Red Rock Canyon Rock Stars in your home! Use them on your refrigerator to keep track of important reminders and your shopping lists.

This set of 9 magnets features each of the nine resident desert tortoises. Business card sized at 3.5 inches x 2 inches, these magnets will brighten your day.

$10 for the set ($7.50 for members). And, by purchasing the set, you’ll be contributing to the Rock Star’s ongoing medical costs. $3.00 from each set will be set aside for the Tort Medical Fund.

PDF page with photos of all 9 magnets

Click here to go to Patches and Pins page at our store.

Rufous Hummingbird Mousepad!

Hummmingbird Mousepad Add this beautiful Rufous hummingbird mouse pad to your desk area. The Rufous visits the Las Vegas area on its migration to and from Mexico. The design originated from a photograph taken by Charles DeLaTorre at the hummingbird feeding station at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area , Las Vegas, Nevada. Made of durable foam rubber with satin finish, the pad is nonslip to stay in place at your workstation.

Measures 7-1/2” by 9”. Price $10 each. Member price is discounted 25%.

Exclusive design by Charles DeLaTorre

Click here to visit our Store Other page


Volunteer for the Graffiti Removal Team and join the effort to eliminate these ugly stains from the Canyon. Graffiti breeds graffiti. Help us wipe it out.

Red Rock Canyon belongs to the American people. Preserving this wonderful area for our children and grandchildren is everyone’s responsibility. No one person can do it alone. We need your help. Contact Diane Hall or Mike Evans to find out more or to join the team!

To find out more info or to donate click on the link below to go to the Graffiti Page

Graffiti Page

Please report any graffiti you see to 702-293-8932. We can’t remove it if we don’t know it’s there.


Join the Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Team by emailing Carol Swearingen

Our work sessions begin at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. Dress for the weather conditions and bring your favorite pair of gloves. We will provide all tools as well as water and snacks.


Applications for the 2017 Memorial Day installation are needed by April 16th and for the Veteran's Day Installation are needed by October 1, 2017. These applications can be downloaded from our web site: Memorial Walkway page or by calling 702-515-5360 and asking that an application be sent to you.

Click on the link below to go to our Memorial Walkway Page.

Memorial Walkway Page


Have you driven to Blue Diamond? There is a small herd, generally between 3 to 7 burros, that graze in the ballfield. Please observe them from a distance... too many burros are killed on the roads as they have learned to associate cars and people with food. Burros are notorious for their begging skills. Never feed them - it's almost like signing a death warrant.


The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District would like to remind the public that it is illegal to remove archaeological artifacts from public lands. 

Artifacts are most often thought of as prehistoric (pre-European contact) – items such as arrowheads, grinding stones, and artistically modified stones. But, artifacts are also historic–they are the remains of American history across the landscape. Historic artifacts can range from old gun casings to railroad ties, glass bottles and fragments to mining tools and equipment, horse tack to enamelware bowls, tools and farming gear, and any form of household goods.

Archaeological artifacts on public lands belong to all American citizens – not just the person who finds them on the ground. But even more important, they are an essential tool in the understanding of how we as people have - through time - related to our landscape. Often these small pieces of history give us our only tools to know what a site was used for, how old the site is, who lived there, and many other questions.

By collecting artifacts, you deprive others the pleasure of seeing our history. A collected artifact in a personal home may only allow for 10 to 20 visitors, whereas an artifact left for all to see will be seen by an indefinite amount of people.

The Archaeological Resources Protection Act protects artifacts more than 100 years in age, with few exceptions. So, if you find an artifact, please admire it, take a picture, enjoy the location where you found it, but LEAVE IT THERE! If you aren’t sure if it is too old to pick up legally…leave it there! Please set the right example for all who visit public lands. 


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