No better place to boondock! The canyon is majestic, the trails here are not in the National Park loop so all are free to access. Abundant wildlife all around us. A ram, owls, rabbits, lizards, butterflies, etc. we primarily boondock or hike into a camp. This is the place for that. Many of the tails are day use only though so ensure you watch the markets at the top of the trailhead. Also it is super dry now so fires are out. Spring Mountain Ranch Nearby was once owned by Howard Hughes and has a secret room. The ranger was super cool and after a great conversation he allowed us to hike on non public access trail to an old cemetery. Incredible. Be cool, share the wine, and hope you can go too!
Vegas is great, but it's not really my kind of town. I prefer getting out of the city and getting back to nature. Red Rocks is a great place to make that happen. It's right outside of Vegas and offers a huge amount of pristine desert beauty. The trails vary in terrain from rocky to nice flat sandy treks. There is climbing available and if you're patient enough and have a quick eye, you can spot wildlife. we were fortunate enough to see a Kit Fox running around. I highly recommend getting out of Vegas and having an adventure here.
Unfortunately, we went to visit at prime climbing time so the campground was full of climbers. Instead, we had to camp at the overflow area which is about 10 minutes away and a little rough for a 2WD car to get to. We had to take it very very slow. Otherwise, Red Rock Canyon was beautiful!
I went to Red Rock on a whim to get out of Vegas while visiting my boyfriend, who was working in Death Valley National Park. We both weren't super into Vegas and Red Rock was close enough to walk/hitch hike so we figured we'd go. What an amazing experience! We were both completely in awe by the natural beauty of the area and loved rock scrambling our way up the canyon walls. We found a sweet spot to set up our hammock in between the wall of a canyon and another rock and spent the day listening to all of the animals in the canyon and exploring the natural bridges and structures around us. At night, you could still see the light from Vegas but we had a pretty awesome view of the sky regardless. This entire area is so amazing, I highly recommend camping up here.
The name says a lot. This park is goreorgus with Red Rock mountains all around you. Impossible to take a bad picture and the lake was amazing for fishing we never caught so many fish. What wonderful memories we had at Red Rock Canyon. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Great camp sites with shade, fire pits, tables, water and bathrooms near by. (bathrooms are not neighbors to any camp sites:)
Dirty Tip: Very popular spot in April and May, show up early so you don't end up with a walk up site