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.

Red Rock Day.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:00 a.m. to noon

This years Red Rock Day event was hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and held on a beautiful spring day at the First Creek Trail within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Forty-seven volunteers as well as eight staff members from the BLM, Southern Nevada Conservancy, and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon participated in Red Rock Day.

For more information and photos from the event please visit our Volunteer/ Annual Events page.

The 2018 Photo Contest has begun.

Photos were dropped off the weekend of May 4th. All entry photos are currently on display at the visitor center. Please drop in and enjoy the display.

New addition to Book page of store

We have added the 2019 Visions of Red Rock Canyon calendar. Go to the Book page to check out this new item.

2018 Commemorative Coin Set now available online!!

2018 Commemorative Coins

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.

The 2018 Coins include a kit fox, a bobcat, a monarch butterfly and Roxie, this year's tortoise.

The 2017 Collectable Coins included the roadrunner, a monarch butterfly, the joshua tree and everyone’s favorite diva, Maxine. You can order the complete sets for 2017, 2016 and 2015 from the Other page of our store.

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

The mousepad is available at the Other page of our store.


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. Please go to our Calendar page to see scheduled Native Plant Team work days.


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.

Visit our Memorial Walkway page for more information about the walkway and how to order tiles.


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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