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A Road Warrior’s Guide to Red Rock

About Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Fees/Park Passes

  • Daily Car Fee: $7.00
  • Daily Motorcycle, Bicycle, Pedestrian Fee: $3.00
  • Scenic Drive Annual Pass: $30.00 
  • American the Beautiful Pass (an inter-agency pass honored by the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management & Fish and Wildlife Service): $80.00

Scenic Drive Hours 

The scenic drive loop is the main driving road that circles through Red Rock. It is a one way road, meaning, once you pass the Visitor’s Center you must drive the entire 13 mile loop to exit. In an effort to prevent vandalizing and other issues (as a result of its close proximity to Vegas) driving access closes each night. The road is open every day with times changing slightly according to the season.

  • October: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
  • November – February: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • March: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • April – September: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Late Exit/Overnight PermitsRedRock Sunset

If you’re climbing a long route (or if there’s any chance at all you might not make it back to your car by closing time) you can request a late exit permit. They are free of charge and allow you to be parked in the scenic drive area up to two hours after the closure time. Below is a list of the areas you can request late exit permits for (late exit permits are not issued for sport climbing areas, including Calico I, Calico II, Sandstone Quarry and Willow Springs):

  • Angel Food Wall
  • Ice Box Canyon
  • Juniper Canyon
  • Pine Creek Canyon
  • Oak Creek Canyon

Likewise, if you are climbing a grade V route and are planning to take more than one day, you can request an overnight permit. This allows you to park overnight at the specified parking area within the scenic loop and allows you to bivy on route or on the summit. Below is a list of the areas you can request an overnight permit for and the number of nights you can request:

  • Mount Wilson: all routes, one night permit
  • Levitation Wall: all routes, one night permit
  • Rainbow Wall: all routes, one – two night permit
  • Buffalo Wall: all routes, one – three night permit
  • Bridge Mountain: all routes, one night permit
  • Hidden Wall: all routes, one night permit

If you do not request a late exit or overnight permit and your car is still parked within the scenic drive area as the rangers perform the closing sweep, they will ticket your car ($150!). These permits can be requested up to seven days prior to your climb or up to 4:00 PM on the same day of your climb. To request a late exit permit call (702) 515-5050 and leave a message with the following information:

  • name
  • type of pass (late exit/over night)
  • address
  • vehicle license plate number/state and vehicle description (make, model, color)
  • date of climb
  • route and wall name
  • parking area
  • phone number
  • emergency contact name and phone number

Environmental ConcernsP1060458

  • Wet Rock: The sandstone at Red Rock is naturally porous, which means it absorbs water and takes much longer to dry out compared to other rock types. While wet, the rock is extremely friable and can easily be damaged (holds can/will break). Additionally, protection is more likely to pull. Please DO NOT climb after rain until the rock is completely dry (at least 24 hours). Take the opportunity to climb on nearby limestone, plastic, or give yourself a much needed rest day.
  • Human Waste: Like many other areas, human waste is a major issue. We need to be especially careful of how we dispose of our waste here. The desert sand is not conducive to quickly breaking down our waste, which means if you poop at the base of a climb it’s going to be there for a long time. While some areas say they provide wag bags at the trailhead, I’ve found that they are constantly empty so spare yourself the pain and pack your own “wag bags”. (That’s right – carry all of it out and dispose of it appropriately!)


Illuminated tent

Red Rock Canyon Campground
This campground is managed by the BLM and accommodates tents and RVs/car campers. It is conveniently situated in-between the entrance to the scenic loop drive and the closest amenities of town. However, during the busy season the sites fill up quickly so plan accordingly. 

  • Address: 3293 Moenkopi Road, Las Vegas
  • Camping Limit: maximum 14 day limit in 28 day period
  • Season: closes Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Amenities: pit toilets, drinking water, trash cans

Individual Campsites

  • Cost: $15.00/night
  • Campsite Capacity: up to 9 people per site / 2 vehicles per site
  • Reservations: no

Group Campsites

  • Cost: $40.00/night
  • 10 – 15 people per site / 8 vehicles per site
  • Reservations: yes

Drinking Water Fill-Up

Red Rock Canyon Visitor’s Center
The parking lot bathrooms have a large spigot by the side of the building for filling up large water bottles, however, it gets turned off for the winter. Also, there is a filtered water bottle fill up station next to the women’s bathroom and a water fountain outside of the Visitor’s Center.

  • Address: 1000 Scenic Loop Drive, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (however, the spigot/fill up station at the bathrooms can be accessed whenever the park loop is open)

Red Rock Canyon Campground
The campground has water fountains as well as spigots for filling up on drinking water outside of each bathroom building.

  • Address: 3293 Moenkopi Road, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 24 hours


Dunkin’ Donuts
This small shop has three small tables with chairs, only one which has access to outlets. While it wouldn’t be ideal for a full day of work, if you only need a quick stop for free WiFi this is the closest option to Red Rock and the campground. 

  • Address: 11710 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
  • Hours: open Monday-Sunday 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Driving time from Visitor’s Center: 7 minutes

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
This coffee shop opens early and has a decent amount of seating available, however, the number of outlets are limited. Mornings can be very busy here, so you may have to wait for a table or outlet. Free WiFi.

  • Address: 10834 W Charleston Blvd #200, Las Vegas
  • Hours: open Monday-Friday 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Driving time from Visitor’s Center: 11 minutes

Desert Rock Sports
This climbing store, located a couple doors down from the Red Rock Climbing Center, has free WiFi and a couch. They don’t mind climbers coming in with laptops and sitting on the couch to use the internet.  

  • Address: 8221 W Charleston Blvd. Ste 106, Las Vegas
  • Hours: 
    • October-May: Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • June-September: Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Driving time from Visitor’s Center: 16 minutes

Sahara West Library
This is a great place to work for the day. The entrance room to the library has tables and outlets where food is allowed and you can talk on the phone/with others without needing to be quiet. Once you enter the actual library, there are tables scattered throughout with outlets and a quiet work atmosphere. Free WiFi throughout the entire facility. 

  • Address: 9600 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas
  • Hours: open Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday-Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Driving time from campground: 14 minutes

Avery’s Coffee

If you need a place to work before the library opens, this coffee shop is only a couple minutes down the road. There are plenty of tables and outlets as well as free WiFi if you purchase something (password is on receipt). 

  • Address: 9440 W Sahara Ave #145, Las Vegas
  • Hours: open Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Driving time from campground: 14 minutes

Whole Foods Market
Free WiFi, plentiful seating, a handful of outlets (in the back of the store near the patio seating), and food to snack on while you work makes this a great place if you need an “office” for the day.  

  • Address: 8855 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
  • Hours: open Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Driving time from campground: 15 minutes


Desert ShowerP1060256
If it’s warm enough outside, fill up on water and find a nice quiet spot to scrub. Be sure to use bio-degradable soap and stay away from streams/rivers.

  • Cost: Free!
  • Address: quiet, secluded desert roads
  • Hours: 24/7

Red Rock Climbing Center
The climbing center has a mens and women’s locker room, which includes a couple toilet stalls, a sink with a mirror, a bench, lockers, and a separate room with a shower and hangers/hooks on the back of the door. 

  • Address: 8201 W Charleston Blvd # 150, Las Vegas
  • Hours: open Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Tuesday – Thursday 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Cost: $4.00 – includes shower (no time limit)
  • Driving time from campground: 17 minutes

Grocery Stores

The close proximity of Red Rock to Las Vegas means endless choices when it comes to grocery stores. Below are a variety of the closest options.


  • Address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Driving time from campground: 8 minutes

Trader Joe’s

  • Address: 2315 Summa Drive Ste 100, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Driving time from campground: 12 minutes


  • Address: 9851 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 24 hours
  • Driving time from campground: 12 minutes

Sprouts Farmers Market (Health Food Store)

  • Address: 10000 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM 
  • Driving time from campground: 13 minutes

Whole Foods Market

  • Address: 8855 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Driving time from campground: 15 minutes

Las Vegas Farmer’s Market
Weekly open-air market with tented vendors selling produce, baked goods, and crafts.

  • Address: 10401 Garden Park Dr, Las Vegas
  • Hours: varies with seasons, for up to date information check here
  • Driving time from campground: 12 minutes


Rainbow Laundromat

  • Address: 2247 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Driving time from campground: 20 minutes


Anything I left out that you’d find helpful for future guides? Have additional beta to share regarding Red Rock?

Please feel free to share in the comments below!

 Other Road Warrior Guides:

A Road Warrior’s Guide to Bishop, CA

A Road Warrior’s Guide to Joshua Tree, CA


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