The Rock Stars of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Soaking Maxine

One of the most popular volunteer positions - and visitor attractions - at Red Rock Canyon is the Desert Tortoise Habitat, home of the nine resident Rock Stars. The habitat, established in 1995, has provided education and entertainment to well over a million visitors.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon provides the funding to support the “Kids” in the habitat, ranging from the blue booties to the delicious and nutritious Tort Chow. We also pay for annual medical exams to keep the kids healthy.

The kids are fed on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and enjoy Spa Day on Monday. We’d suggest you come close to 8 a.m. if you’d like to watch the kids enjoy breakfast or spa treatment. They tend to head back into their burrows early to avoid the summer heat. What is Spa Day? Each tort has a designated soaking bin that we fill with a few inches of water. The biweekly soaking helps keep the torts hydrated plus they really seem to enjoy it.

Visitor Center Tort Display

Tort Display Photo There is a fabulous new display at the Visitor Center featuring the Red Rock Tortoises!!

It has info about each tort, photos of the volunteers in action and explains in a fun way about tortoise activities, needs and care.

We'll also be updating it as each tortoise emerges. Pat Williams and Sue Kolar put it together and Friends of Red Rock Canyon provided the funds. It will be up until the end of April, be sure to check it out!

Rosie update

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.

Click here to see her x-rays.

Rosie was released from the vet hospital Tuesday, January 16th and is recuperating at the Kolar's home.

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.

Tort Medical Fund donation

You may process your donation using Paypal by clicking here:

Or mail your donation designated for the Tort Medical Fund to:

Friends of Red Rock Canyon
1000 Scenic Drive
Las Vegas, NV  89161

Upcoming feeding and spa schedule

The torts are currently brumating. We will start feeding them again when they wake up in the spring.

Day Date Task
Saturday March 3, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Wednesday March 7, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Saturday March 10, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Monday March 12, 2018 Soaking Hugo
Wednesday March 14, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Saturday March 17, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Monday March 19, 2018 Soaking Max and the girls
Wednesday March 21, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Saturday March 24, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Monday March 26, 2018 Soaking Hugo
Wednesday March 28, 2018 Feeding day for all torts
Saturday March 31, 2018 Feeding day for all torts