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.

Winter volunteer training schedule announced

Click on the links below to view the training schedule for January - March 2018.

January 2018 & March 2018 Training Schedule

Special February 2018 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.

The Stars are out at the Rock.

The desert tortoises have their own wonder walls in the Visitor Center Gallery.

Stop out to see the fun and informative display at the Rock. All of the desert torts have their photos, a brief biography and updates on their sleeping habits.

There is also information about the history of their habitat, their dietary needs and, of course, the invaluable services provided by the volunteers.

Everything is Rosie

Rosie Photo Rosie, one of the newest Rock Stars, has had some semi-serious health issues lately. A very large bladder stone was discovered and surgery was performed in early January.

She is still undergoing treatment, and we hope for a full recovery.

Sadly, Rosie's medical costs have almost wiped out our medical account. You can help us by making a tax-deductible donation to the Tort Medical Fund.

For more information about Rosie and to donate please visit our Torts page.

New additions to Book page of store

We have added the 2019 Visions of Red Rock Canyon calendar and brought back our "Plants of Red Rock Canyon" book. Go to the Book page to check out these new items.

Make a Difference Day – 2017

Saturday October 28, 2017

MADD crew MADD crew

October 28 was a clear mild Saturday where 66 volunteers contributed 362.5 hours completing several maintenance projects at the Red Rock Canyon Campground.

Ten staff members from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Friends of Red Rock Canyon (FORRC) and Southern Nevada Conservancy (SNC) assisted the volunteers.

MADD crew MADD crew

The volunteers replaced tent pad frames at 13 campsites, filled tent pads with sand; installed new sign posts to identify campsite numbers, planted 15 mesquite trees, lined campsite and walkways with boulders and removed trash and dead foliage.

The volunteers were treated to a BBQ lunch, complements of Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

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 $8.00 from our website.

Click here to go to the Other page of our store

National Public Lands Day 2017

NPLD crew

National Public Lands Day was held on Saturday, September 23rd at the Calico 1 and Sandstone Quarry parking lots. The Bureau of Land Management, Southern Nevada Conservancy, Great Basin Institute and Friends of Red Rock Canyon staff teamed up with volunteers to install split rail fence at the Calico 1 and Sandstone Quarry parking lots. Volunteers also cleaned up trash around the parking lots and performed trail work between Calico 1 and the Moenkopi Trail.

REI provided morning snacks, coffee and REI t-shirts. The BLM also provided National Public Lands Day t-shirts to participants.

NPLD crew

With help from the BLM staff, two-man augers were used to dig the holes for the fence posts. A high turn-out of ninety-two volunteers including employees from Dignitas and Wyndham corporations resulted in 378 volunteer hours beginning in the morning and extending into early afternoon. Volunteers completed the split rail fence project at both parking lots, after more than six hours of difficult work.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon provided the hard-working volunteers and staff a lunch of sub-sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies.

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

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

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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 Peter Sbraccia to find out more or to join the team!

Friends will be offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone defacing Red Rock Canyon. If you see graffiti please report it. We can’t remove it if we don’t know it’s there.To find out more info or to donate go to the Graffiti Page

If you see someone actively writing graffiti, contact BLM's Law Enforcement at 702-293-8932. Do not confront anyone you see or suspect of this crime but do note details to provide to the officers.


Join the Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Team by emailing Shari Young:

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 2018 Memorial Day installation are needed by April 16th and for the Veteran's Day Installation are needed by October 1, 2018. 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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