Top Hiking Trails in Red Rock Canyon
Just 15 miles (24 kilometers) outside of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area provides a respite from the glitz and guilty pleasures of the Las Vegas Strip. Whether you're a hiking newbie or you've covered more miles than Cheryl Strayed, there are plenty of trail options—26 to be exact. Read on for our favorite hiking trails in Red Rock Canyon.
For time-pressed travelers and those with kids or pets.
This 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) loop is just 180 feet (55 meters) in elevation gain, making it ideal for all skill levels. It features wildflowers and views of the Wilson Cliffs.
Difficulty rating: Easy
White Rock Spring to Willow Spring Trail
For the chance to see bighorn sheep.
You'll climb 843 feet (257 meters) in elevation on the White Rock Spring to Willow Spring Trail, a 4.5-mile (7.2-kilometer) out-and-back hike that's good for all skill levels. Trek past a man-made waterhole and over a ridge to reach the Lost Creek area before continuing to Willow Springs.
Difficulty rating: Easy to moderate
Calico Hills Trail
For the quintessential Red Rock experience.
A 6.6-mile (10.6-kilometer) out-and-back hike, the Calico Hills Trail is one of Red Rock Canyon's most popular hikes. The beginning climb is known as Hell Hill, but you're rewarded with views of the rugged landscape, with the rocks at their most crimson. Watch for wildflowers as you gain 1,223 feet (372 meters) in elevation.
Difficulty rating: Moderate to difficult
Ice Box Canyon Trail
For an adventures way to escape the desert heat.
Seasoned hikers will enjoy Ice Box Canyon, a 2.4-mile (3.9-kilometer) loop hike that rises 836 feet (255 meters) in elevation. You'll drop into the bottom of the canyon and trek over boulders, heading upstream along a river.
Difficulty rating: Difficult