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Red Rock: a few thousand routes, generally warm weather, every kind climbing from short sport routes to big 20-pitch outings, nearby Las Vegas for off-rock activities. Who could ask for more?

Note that the scenic loop drive access is limited by the BLM (see LATE EXIT info below). Schedule is as follows:
November through February 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April through September 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(details at BLM link: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/>>>


***** LATE EXIT PASSES *****
It is easy to be late returning to your car, and the tickets are EXPENSIVE. The BLM has a "Late Exit" system in place to allow climbers extra time before they must exit the scenic loop road. Full details are on the BLM recording at 702-515-5050. Here's what to do:

Call the LATE EXIT RECORDING at 702-515-5050.

You can call up to seven days prior to your climb. If you can get a cell phone signal (but don't count on this), you can call as late as 4:00 p.m. on the day of your climb. Be prepared to recite the following information to the answering machine:

1. Your name and address
2. Vehicle license number and description
3. Type of pass (late exit or overnight)
4. Intended date of climb
5. Route name
6. Parking area
7. Your phone number

ALL information must be left or NO PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED!

All climbers should take advantage of this excellent resource. Any number of unexpected things can cause you to run late on a climb. Don't let your trip get ruined with an expensive, but avoidable, parking ticket.


IMPORTANT: Waste bags are provided in several locations (e.g. Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor) by the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council in order to reduce human waste issues at the crags and boulders. Please feel free to take one, use as directed, and dispose of in any trash receptacle. Please do not leave them lying around, and do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas. The project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant, with additional funding from the Access Fund and Mountain Gear. Please do your part to be a good steward of this amazing climbing area.
Photos
Beautiful Red Rock
Beautiful Red Rock

Snowy Mt. Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain.

Note the sunny Solar Slab area in Oak Creek Canyon.


Taken 12/19/06
Snowy Mt. Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain. Note the sunny Solar Slab area in Oak Creek Canyon. Taken 12/19/06

And you thought you were having a bad day.  Snake eats lizard on trail to Mescalito.
And you thought you were having a bad day. Snake eats lizard on trail to Mescalito.

Red Rocks.
Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.

Sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.

Mt. Wilson on 12/15/08
Mt. Wilson on 12/15/08

Watch out for ringtails at Red Rocks!!
Watch out for ringtails at Red Rocks!!

Black Velvet Canyon
Black Velvet Canyon

Near the calico hills
Near the calico hills

Yeah, we
Yeah, we're going to Red Rocks to do some climbing!

Sunset over Red Rocks from the Second Pullout, October 2010.
Sunset over Red Rocks from the Second Pullout, October 2010.

Chuckwalla lizard
Chuckwalla lizard

A cold down draft on a stormy February day.  The next morning snow covered much of the higher elevations.  02-13-2007
A cold down draft on a stormy February day. The next morning snow covered much of the higher elevations. 02-13-2007

Red Rocks sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks sunset. Photo by Blitzo.

I couldn
I couldn't find this hardcore route anywhere in the guide book!

Pacific Treefrog with a reflection of the South side of Lower Bridge Mountain in water.
Pacific Treefrog with a reflection of the South side of Lower Bridge Mountain in water.

The locals, often seen pan-handling near parking lots.
The locals, often seen pan-handling near parking lots.

Mt. Wilson during a beautiful day in Red Rock.  Makes me want to climb to the summit.
Mt. Wilson during a beautiful day in Red Rock. Makes me want to climb to the summit.

Natural Tank-Calico Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Natural Tank-Calico Hills. Photo by Blitzo.

Impressive looking vistas of Pine Creek canyon after the rain
Impressive looking vistas of Pine Creek canyon after the rain

Red Rock panorama. Such a great place
Red Rock panorama. Such a great place

Agave.
Photo by Blitzo.
Agave. Photo by Blitzo.

Sunrise at Red Rock just before all Hell cut loose in the valley. 2009 Red Rock Rendezvous.
Sunrise at Red Rock just before all Hell cut loose in the valley. 2009 Red Rock Rendezvous.

Chuckwalla Lizard
Chuckwalla Lizard

rock art on the approach to Winter Heat Wall
rock art on the approach to Winter Heat Wall

Looking West from the Great Read Book walk-off.
Looking West from the Great Read Book walk-off.

eyebrows over rainbow mountain
eyebrows over rainbow mountain

Calico Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Calico Hills. Photo by Blitzo.

Red Rock escarpment, looking south
Red Rock escarpment, looking south

sunset
sunset

Red Rock
Red Rock

Mt. Wilson at dawn
Mt. Wilson at dawn

Snowfall in Red Rock on 12/18/08. I believe it was the heaviest snowfall in RR in 30 years per report.
Snowfall in Red Rock on 12/18/08. I believe it was the heaviest snowfall in RR in 30 years per report.

New route on west face?
New route on west face?

Patterns in sandstone.
Photo by Blitzo.
Patterns in sandstone. Photo by Blitzo.

red rock locals
red rock locals

Driving through the Red Rock Loop after heavy snowfall on 12/18/08.
Driving through the Red Rock Loop after heavy snowfall on 12/18/08.

Joshua Trees and the massive sandstone walls of Red Rocks.
Joshua Trees and the massive sandstone walls of Red Rocks.

My friend, the scorpion
My friend, the scorpion

Cactus flowers
Cactus flowers

Another beautiful day at Red Rocks!
Another beautiful day at Red Rocks!

Datura in Pine Creek.
Datura in Pine Creek.

Sunrise on the approach to Mt. Wilson, 11/07.
Sunrise on the approach to Mt. Wilson, 11/07.

red rock at Red Rocks.
red rock at Red Rocks.

Richard Harrison and John Long bouldering at Willow Springs.
Richard Harrison and John Long bouldering at Willow Springs.

Another Tough Day on the Rocks
Another Tough Day on the Rocks

the drive in
the drive in

Looking East from atop Brownstone Wall.
Looking East from atop Brownstone Wall.

the gorgeous black velvet canyon
the gorgeous black velvet canyon

View of First and Second pullout area from high up in Juniper Canyon on a cold November day.
View of First and Second pullout area from high up in Juniper Canyon on a cold November day.

The original Red Rock "high-scaler", ca. 1933.  This guy has been at this hanging belay for over 20 years!
The original Red Rock "high-scaler", ca. 1933. This guy has been at this hanging belay for over 20 years!

Red Rocks without a car. Doable, but not recommended.
Red Rocks without a car. Doable, but not recommended.

An interesting cloud near turtle head
An interesting cloud near turtle head

Waterfall after thunderstorm,
Icebox Canyon 7/28/13
Waterfall after thunderstorm, Icebox Canyon 7/28/13

Sunset over Red Rock - December 3, 2013.  Taken from Calico Basin after a nice after work trail run
Sunset over Red Rock - December 3, 2013. Taken from Calico Basin after a nice after work trail run

Moonrise over Vegas, on the hike out from Disappearing Buttress.
Moonrise over Vegas, on the hike out from Disappearing Buttress.

Red Rocks
Red Rocks

Red Rock
Cell camera.No Pshop.
Red Rock Cell camera.No Pshop.

A favorite water hole in Red Rock.
A favorite water hole in Red Rock.

Beautiful Red Rocks
Beautiful Red Rocks

these guys are so cool...
these guys are so cool...

Feeling good placing bomber gear in Red Rocks.
Feeling good placing bomber gear in Red Rocks.

The Keystone Thrust
The Keystone Thrust

Sunrise at Red Rocks
Sunrise at Red Rocks

bomber
bomber

City of Light
City of Light

Red Rock after the storm, November 2008.
Red Rock after the storm, November 2008.

Red Rock panoramic
Red Rock panoramic

Red Rocks, fall 2011
Red Rocks, fall 2011

Red Rock
Red Rock

Sunrise from the campground.
Sunrise from the campground.

Ya ever find yourself drinking whiskey and concerned that you
Ya ever find yourself drinking whiskey and concerned that you're not getting enough vitamins? You ever drink Vitamin Water and realize you're just not getting drunk enough? Introducing our revolutionary new drink, Vita-Whisk! Taking over a dirt bag campsite near you.

The Madman, The Wall Crawler and Scotty. Early Red Rocks adventurers. Photo courtesy of the Jim Newberry collection.
The Madman, The Wall Crawler and Scotty. Early Red Rocks adventurers. Photo courtesy of the Jim Newberry collection.

Foxtail cactus.
Photo by Blitzo.
Foxtail cactus. Photo by Blitzo.

Red Rocks Panorama
Red Rocks Panorama

Mojave Yuccas-Red Rocks.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mojave Yuccas-Red Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.

Rainbow Mountain and storm clouds
Rainbow Mountain and storm clouds

As the storm rolls in...
As the storm rolls in...

Desert Paintbrush.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Paintbrush. Photo by Blitzo.

My Friend the Burro
My Friend the Burro

Blue Yucca.
Photo by Blitzo.
Blue Yucca. Photo by Blitzo.

10/16/10 redrock1
10/16/10 redrock1

Turtlehead Peak from pitch 5, Tunnel Vision.
Turtlehead Peak from pitch 5, Tunnel Vision.

Red Rock
Red Rock

visitor center fauna
visitor center fauna

Sunset March 26th 2011
Sunset March 26th 2011

Bonnie Springs Ambiance
Bonnie Springs Ambiance

Greg in his tent after a particularly windy night at the campground.
Greg in his tent after a particularly windy night at the campground.

Red Rocks February the 17th, 2009
Red Rocks February the 17th, 2009

Red Rock ice
Red Rock ice

VEGAS, BABY!!! YEAH!
VEGAS, BABY!!! YEAH!

Morning, Calico Hills.
Morning, Calico Hills.

All the comforts of home
All the comforts of home

Our Bro
Our Bro

There used to be horses in Red Rock.
There used to be horses in Red Rock.

Snowy Icebox Canyon. Red Rock, December 2006.
Snowy Icebox Canyon. Red Rock, December 2006.

Bridge Mountain.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bridge Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.

Juniper Canyon, etc from next the exit.
Juniper Canyon, etc from next the exit.

Oooooooooh! That
Oooooooooh! That's Andy on Whoosh at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon in the Red Rocks, Las Vegas. This is a terrible place to belay or hang out at the crag. A giant loose block is teetering ready to fall from the top of this pitch. PLEASE share this WARNING as widely as possible.

Ian clipping some fresh bolts at the first pull out
Ian clipping some fresh bolts at the first pull out

Bonnie Springs Hotel -closest shower to Red Rocks & where the pets go ~
Bonnie Springs Hotel -closest shower to Red Rocks & where the pets go ~

Globeflower with visitor in Pine Creek.
Globeflower with visitor in Pine Creek.

Desert bloom.
Desert bloom.

I
I've heard of chicken heads but this is ridiculous...

Surprise
Surprise

Novus Ordo Seclorum
Novus Ordo Seclorum

Red rock back country
Red rock back country

Red Rock Fees
Red Rock Fees

Mt. Wilson on a windy day.
Mt. Wilson on a windy day.

Rapping in Red Rock
Rapping in Red Rock

Black Velvet Wall
Black Velvet Wall

Red Rocks Rappel
Red Rocks Rappel

Panorama
Panorama

Heading down after a full day at Windy
Heading down after a full day at Windy

Some little girl wishes she was climbing the longer lines.
Some little girl wishes she was climbing the longer lines.

Oak Canyon and Solar Slab.
Oak Canyon and Solar Slab.

a magical area
a magical area

Sunrise in RR
Sunrise in RR

View from the top of the Cloud Tower.
View from the top of the Cloud Tower.

Red Rocks on a hot day at the end of September 2008.
Red Rocks on a hot day at the end of September 2008.

Found this little guy somewhere secret.  We left it on a rock for someone else to find.  Hopefully the next person will have the same experience that we did finding this thing and then leave it for another...
Found this little guy somewhere secret. We left it on a rock for someone else to find. Hopefully the next person will have the same experience that we did finding this thing and then leave it for another...

Sunday morning March 27, 2011
Sunday morning March 27, 2011

Icebox Canyon, winter
Icebox Canyon, winter

Sunrise from camp.
Sunrise from camp.

Panorama of Red Rock Canyon
Panorama of Red Rock Canyon

Calico Hills from Tunnel Vision.
Calico Hills from Tunnel Vision.

Prior to the FA of the Resolution Aręte.
Prior to the FA of the Resolution Aręte.

The row of titan walls, from the top of Angel Food Wall.
The row of titan walls, from the top of Angel Food Wall.

The strip for that day off of climbing.
The strip for that day off of climbing.

high on Eagledance
high on Eagledance

slummin in Bonnie Springs
slummin in Bonnie Springs

Turtle head peak from the top of physical graffiti on the Riding hood wall
Turtle head peak from the top of physical graffiti on the Riding hood wall

Calico Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Calico Hills. Photo by Blitzo.

Red Rock
Red Rock

A wavy view of the second pullout.
A wavy view of the second pullout.

Mojave flora.
Mojave flora.

Full moon over Vegas from Red Rock campground
Full moon over Vegas from Red Rock campground

Feeling good running it out in Red Rocks. See next photo.
Feeling good running it out in Red Rocks. See next photo.

Calico Hills from The Ledger.
Calico Hills from The Ledger.

Screen shot of the home page for "climbingredrocks.com" as it looked in 2004.
Screen shot of the home page for "climbingredrocks.com" as it looked in 2004.

Red Rocks Rondezvous- crowded, but when it is on, it
Red Rocks Rondezvous- crowded, but when it is on, it's the only polace left in town to sleep! Photo by Tony Bubb, 2006.

30 second exposure looking back at Pine Canyon, October 2010.
30 second exposure looking back at Pine Canyon, October 2010.

The backside view of the Red Rock escarpment. Picture taken from Griffith Peak.
The backside view of the Red Rock escarpment. Picture taken from Griffith Peak.

nice
nice

Sunrise in Red Rocks
Sunrise in Red Rocks

From the visitor center.  Amazing.
From the visitor center. Amazing.

My friend, the lizard of Illusion Crags.
My friend, the lizard of Illusion Crags.

Vegas.
Vegas.

Red Rock
Red Rock

Red rock sunset.
Red rock sunset.

Red Rock
Red Rock

Red Rock
Red Rock

Typical Red rock Sunrise on the way out for a day of climbing
Typical Red rock Sunrise on the way out for a day of climbing

Sunrise from the campground.
Sunrise from the campground.

Beware of Rolling Rocks!!!
Beware of Rolling Rocks!!!

mount wilson red rock jan 06
mount wilson red rock jan 06

Sunset from the road to the Red Rock Campground
Sunset from the road to the Red Rock Campground

A nice little view
A nice little view

A quick panoramic view of the Calico hills. Taken on the terrace below Running Man
A quick panoramic view of the Calico hills. Taken on the terrace below Running Man

Unknown climber, unknown route, Calico Hills (between 1st and 2nd pullout parking lots). Dec. 19, 2013
Unknown climber, unknown route, Calico Hills (between 1st and 2nd pullout parking lots). Dec. 19, 2013

Mescalito
Mescalito

Jubilant Song
Jubilant Song

whose face
whose face

Bouldering at Red Rock, Nevada, photo: Bob Horan Collection
Bouldering at Red Rock, Nevada, photo: Bob Horan Collection

Waterfall 7/28/13.
Icebox Canyon
Waterfall 7/28/13. Icebox Canyon

Comments
Bryson Slothower  Mar 23, 2006
"Who could ask for more?"

How about some beta on the camping...

M.Morley  Mar 23, 2006
Bryson, try www.redrockcanyonlv.org/faq.htm. Camping was $10/night last time I stayed there. On the positive side, there's potable water, clean pit toilets, and it's pretty close to the entrance loop. However, the sites are not wind or sun-protected and the campground as a whole is not very scenic. As they say, a picture says a thousand words.

As an alternative to camping, you might want to try hotels.com as well - it's not uncommon to find rooms for $35 per night on Sun-Thurs. If you can get a good deal, I highly recommend the Artisan Hotel at the corner of I-15 and Sahara. Great rooms, killer lounge bar, funky ambiance, and non-smoking.

Since I'm on a roll, I'll also recommend BJ's Restaurant & Brewery on West Charleston for a post-climbing brewski and pizza or burger. Try the Tatonka Imperial Stout or Piranha Pale Ale!

Ron Olsen  Mar 23, 2006
Thanks for the info, Mike.

I'd like to see the main Red Rock page updated to include this info, and additional info on hotels, places to eat and buy beer, climbing shops, climbing gear, entrance fees, gate hours, etc.

An overview of the climbing areas and some climbing photos would be nice too.

See The Gunks for an example.

Also, it seems that the area is called "Red Rock", not "Red Rocks", by the locals these days. Maybe the area should be renamed.

M.Morley  Mar 23, 2006
Ron --

I've always called it "Red Rocks" (as per the red Urioste and subsequent Swain guidebooks), although the official name is the "Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA)". The locals call it "Red Rock" and are quick to point out that you must be a non-local if you call it "Red Rocks" (think "Buena Vista, CO"). "Red Rock Canyon" seems like the best option for this site. What do you think, Larry?

Additional info: Desert Rock Sports on W. Charleston is the place to go for gear, guidebooks, etc. The old owner, Mike Ward, sold the shop about a year ago, and they moved a few doors down. The Powerhouse Gym is located in the same strip mall and provides showers for a small fee. Trader Joe's is located at 2101 S. Decatur and has great food, wine, coffee, cheese (much of it organically-grown) at excellent prices.

Bryson Slothower  Mar 24, 2006
Great info Mike. Thanks!
more...
www.supertopo.com/climbingareas/redrocks.html

Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?  Mar 29, 2006
The Powerhouse Gym on W. Charleston Blvd. and Cimarron was renamed to
Red Rock Climbing Center after the change of ownership.
8201 W. Charleston Blvd.
ste. 150
Phone: 702-254-5604

Desert Rock Sports for your gear needs(in same plaza as R.R.C.C.)
Also... can offer a lot of helpful information to visiting or local climbers.

Whole Foods
10 minutes from Red Rock
8855 W Charleston Blvd
Phone: 702-254-8655

The Sunflower Market is also great if you like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods type grocery items. They have a huge selection of fruits and vegetables, wide aisles, and less crowded. Their prices seem more reasonable too.
4020 S. Rainbow Blvd
Located on the NE corner of Flamingo and S. Rainbow Blvd.
Store Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 AM - 10 PM
Phone: 702-876-4888

In same plaza as Sunflower Market:
Einstein Bagels, Starbucks,
and a French Bakery:
Bonjour Euro Bakers
(Great pastries, coffee, and sandwiches!)
Owners Stephane & Gerard
Phone: 702-889-4628

BJ's Restaurant, and Brewery as mentioned above, is popular for after climbing feasts.
On W. Charleston Blvd./215 freeway



Karsten  Jun 18, 2006
Heavy Fines for staying late . . .

Scorching weather . . .

Routes crowded with gumbies . . .

Crappy, expensive campground . . .

Why come to Red Rocks?

Mwwaaahahahahaha

Jerry Handren  Aug 5, 2006
Hi Folks
I'm close to completing a new guidebook to Red Rocks, (yes another one). I've got room for a few more shots and have too many of my friends already, so I'd like to get a few new faces in there. I'm looking for shots of leaders on multi pitch canyon routes in particular, but any nice shot will do. 4 mp digital is probably the minimum, I can use slides as well.
Any new route information is welcome. If its in the canyons and bolts are involved send it anonymously, so that neither I nor the BLM know who you are!. My E-Mail is jerryhandren@earthlink.net.

Tea  Aug 31, 2006
Worst campground EVER!

Blitzo  Sep 23, 2006
Red Rocks is Awesome! One of my favorite places, but the campground SUCKS!!!

Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?  Sep 26, 2006
If you are a hardcore mountain biker, you MUST take a side trip to
Bootleg Canyon in beautiful Boulder City.
Only a 30 -40 minute freeway drive from Vegas. Check it out!

M.Morley  Nov 14, 2006
Weather information for Calico Basin (weather station KNVLASVE41) may be found at www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Las_Vegas.html. Scroll down the page to "Calico Basin, Red Rock Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV"

John Hegyes  Nov 15, 2006
The National Weather Service also has a weather station in Red Rock, this one is at the Visitor Center.

NWS Red Rock

Joe Keyser  Mar 25, 2007
FWIW the Las Vegas airport makes for a lousy bivy spot...

Jordan Ramey  Oct 18, 2007
Originally posted by "chris ansari"

-----------------
The kind folks over at the BLM have published a bunch of data about the climbing routes within the conservation area. It has some pretty incredible photos of walls with route locations.

It is not a substitute for a guidebook, but might be a nice complement for finding routes. It's worth looking over.

www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/>>>

On the right side of the page is the red rock climbing inventory.
It is downloadable in sections as a pdf.

acouncell  Aug 19, 2008
To you Red Rock locals, besides the campground and the "Artisan Hotel," do you all know of hotels/hostels reasonably priced and on the west side of town? I seem to be having a hard time finding anything besides the Suncoast and Red Rock Casino. This is a great help to those of us who don't want to camp in the wind. Thanks!

Tyson  Oct 2, 2008
Any advice on the best guidebook to buy?

Karsten  Nov 10, 2008
There is only one guidebook to buy:
- Red Rocks A Climber's Guide
by Jerry Handren

-amazing color photos
-most routes of any guide
-climbing history
-accurate information

Lee Jenkins  Nov 10, 2008
Yeah,

Well, re: the late exit 'policy'. This is the MOST restrictive of any public land. I got a ticket 2 days ago for $125, are you kidding me?

And we were less than 2 hours late, due to a rope stuck, rappel issue.

These are 'our lands' and we should have full access for foot travel in/out, just like the wild animals.

THIS IS JUST WRONG!

Mike Howard  Nov 14, 2008
Larry,
If you have a guide serves list, could you please add:

Mountain Skills Guides . Jay Foley and Mike Ward have been providing permitted and insured guiding services in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area of Las Vegas for over 15 years.

Thanks,

Mike

Andrew Carson  Jan 26, 2009
Red Rock Loop road closing at 4?
I guess I'll find out in a few hours, but is it true that the blm is now closing the loop an hour early? Hell, why not just close it completely? Anything is possible with these people. Hope it's a rumor but knowing the blm, likely it's true.

SAL  Mar 4, 2009
based on the conversation I just had on the phone with the park they are open until 7pm that is the time that the law enforcer comes to hunt ya down. I think it is always a good idea to get the permit just in case. Shit happens when your out there.
it costs nothing to obtain a late exit permit.

George Bell  Apr 9, 2009
I recently picked up a copy of the new Jerry Handren guide and it is excellent! My biggest complaint is the text size - it is incredibly small. I would estimate 8pt font. I think Red Rocks is getting too large for a single guidebook. The climbing naturally splits between trad and sport, and it makes sense now to have a separate guide for each. I'm sure all the sport climbers have little interest in the extra pages devoted to all the new 5.8 trad routes, and similarly us trad climbers have little interest in hard sport routes.

The only thing I see lacking in this guide is it does not address runout potential very well in many routes I am familiar with. Very rarely does one see an "R" attached to any route. Often any runouts are mentioned in the text, but I would like to see it in the rating as well. Safe sport routes are identified as such, but I am referring to trad routes.

C Miller  Aug 4, 2009
Red Rock Guide Book online with new routes, corrections and more - www.redrocksguidebook.com/forum/index.php

Julian Smith  Nov 10, 2009
Question about critters in Oak Creek Canyon; I was coming down through the canyon (11/5/09) and noticed there were what appeared to be large pools of urine on many of the boulders on the canyon floor. Does anyone have any idea what type of animal might have done this? I don't think it was human because I am pretty sure I was the only one in the canyon that day. I was descending from Solar Slab and was a little nervous, but don't really know what kind of critter it might have been. Many thanks for an answer.

rockratrei  Nov 10, 2009
Big Horn Sheep - I see the pee pods all the time.

Julian Smith  Nov 11, 2009
Hey; Thanks for the schoolin'. Big horn sheep sound a lot better than the big cats I was imagining. Cheers!

Sung  Dec 24, 2009
Going to Red Rocks over the weekend. Any suggestions on nice "sunny" routes? I have done solar slab before. I am looking for something in the 5.6-5.9 range, trad.

adamgable  Jan 5, 2010
Hey, what are some of you red rock locals favorite link ups for a day. Somewhere in the 10 range. Lots of mileage.As much sun as possible, from wyoming though so can handle the freezing temps to. Straight forward descents since it gets dark early. Looking for some info. Will be down there for four days of climbing and would like to know what you think. Have climbed pretty extensively down there but have never done any links outside of solar slab to the eagle dance. thanks for the beta

John Wilder  Jan 6, 2010
Linkups in the .10 range-

Black Orpheus to anything on Eagle Wall- Mountain Beast, Levitation, etc- super fun and easy to do if you're quick.

If'n you're real quick, you can link up any of the routes on Windy Peak- the descents off of all of them deposit you back at the base.

If you can tolerate the cold, I've heard that starting Lone Star via Epinephrine is pretty damn cool- and LOOONG- something like 20-odd pitches, although it can be done in less.

Lots of pitches can be had if you link up Spectrum, Birdland, and Bighorn- that wouldnt be too tough.

Curtis Olson  Sep 19, 2010
I am hoping someone with knowledge of Red Rocks, NV routes could provide some suggestions. I'm looking to take my son on his first wall and trying to find a reasonable wall in the area similar to Moonlight or Prodigal in Zion. In other words reasonable aid C1/C2+, 5.8/5.9, preferably hammer free, that could typically be completed in a couple days (Grade IV/V). I'm searching for alternatives to Zion because of the various wall closures there this autumn which kind of blows the calendar for us.
It's great to see all the high end free routes in the guides but very unfortunately few mentions of aid options. Guide book authers: this reader would like to see references to original ratings when possible. (e.g. 5.9/A2 old school now often only referenced as free 5.12a)
Thanks for any suggestions.

John Wilder  Sep 19, 2010
Unfortunately, Red Rock really isnt known for its aid walls- the nature of the sandstone lends itself much more to free climbing than aid.

I would recommend the Original Route on Rainbow Wall, but the honest truth is that its much better as a free climb for the 5.10 leader who doesnt mind pulling on bolts/good gear now and then.

The general Rainbow Wall vicinity is probably your best bet. Buffalo Wall is the other wall, but the aid tends to be harder/scarier and only one or two routes up there have even seen second ascents, let alone traffic. Theres piles of aid routes on the Rainbow Wall and the only route up there that sees free climbers on a regular basis is the Original Route.

Pete Bresciani  Sep 20, 2010
For aid practice in Red Rocks, a good little climb is the first part of Plan F on Ragged Edges wall.

www.mountainproject.com/v/nevada/red_rock/willow_spring/105733169

It's steep enough and you can practice jumaring too. September is the perfect time to climb Prodigal Sun. I would say Moonlight Buttress is an easier aid climb than Prodigal Sun, but October might be better for that one.

Mike McLean  Nov 3, 2010
>>"Who could ask for more?"
>>How about some beta on the camping...

The sarcastic comment is old, but still applies. For an area so popular, this page sure does ... stink. Compare it to the front page of the Gunks ...

There was a recent tiny debate about stinky pages in the Gunks section (here) and it seems like the front page of Red Rock suffers the same lack of information.

I'll be buying the guide books either way, but the site would really gain from having some sort of community editing to fix these useless descriptions.

Darren in Vegas  Dec 9, 2010
Here is an attempt to consolidate some of the Frequently Asked Questions about Red Rock. Hope this helps you on your trip to Vegas

www.mountainproject.com/v/nevada/frequently_asked_red_rock_q>>>

Greg G  Dec 13, 2010
Another good addition of advice is...

If you have the slightest doubt you might be late getting back to your car simply call up the ranger line and give them your route, and car info. this has worked everytime for us in the past. have never received a bunk ticket.

cragsavvy  Apr 2, 2011
shouldn't it be 'Red Rocks' with an "s"?

John Wilder  Apr 2, 2011
Actually, no- red rock is correct as the areas name is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area- 'red rocks' is a name that has caught on over time with out of towners, but locals still refer to it as red rock for the most part.

drmartindell  Sep 28, 2011
Any advice on transport from airport to RR? Flying in but need a ride out to meet up with partner. Taxis, buses, etc? My buddy can pick me up somewhere close by but doesn't want to drive to the airport during the hours I'll be arriving.

John Wilder  Sep 28, 2011
Um, a taxi will cost a fortune- i'm sure all of $50 one way, if not more to the edge of town. Buses- I have no idea if they run in/out of the airport. You can check the Regional Transportation Commissions' (RTC)website for bus schedule/routes and maybe catch a cab to a close-by route where you can ride to the edge of town. The closest bus station to Red Rock is likely somewhere near Charleston/215.

drmartindell  Sep 29, 2011
Thanks, I'll start there and post what I find out. I'm not sure how bad it is getting to and from the airport around 9am but my buddy seems to be VERY hesitant to go near it.

John Wilder  Sep 29, 2011
9am? seriously? tell your buddy to sack up and just come get you. late sunday/late friday sucks, any other time is no biggie.

chrisIerickson  Oct 26, 2011
Any suggestions on crags at Red Rocks that have big and flat bases? Thinking about a trip with the kids, and want to be sure they are away from stuff they can tumble down. Kids are pretty young, so we keep them close.

Single pitch is best.

Thanks!

jim schuring  Nov 24, 2011
we have found the easiest way to pick up a late comer at the airport is actually to jump the shuttle bus to the car rental garage and pick them up at the curb no traffic easy on/off 215 , and of coarse its a free ride

Ryan Stefani  Mar 29, 2012
Good job on the wag bags! These should be mandatory for all desert environments.

doodmar  Nov 29, 2012
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stefand  Dec 1, 2012
Hey,
I'm new in town. Looking to project sport routes during the weekends, especially Monster Skank, but any 5.12's and 13's. Send me an email if you'd like to meet up: stefandruzdzel_4@hotmail.com

NLi10Me  Dec 24, 2012
Hola climbing amigos. I'm driving out to Vegas with my lovely girlfriend Jillian on the afternoon/evening of Thursday the 27th and returning on the night of Sunday the 30th. I'll be leaving from the Los Angeles area and I'm wondering if anyone wants to ride with us? Also, we're getting a hotel room at the quad for Thursday/Friday/Saturday night. Does anyone want to split a room with us? I got a quote for ~$150.00 (everything included) for a room with 2 queen size beds, so if split 3 ways that's $50/person or 4 ways that's ~$37/person. Jillian and I will be mutli-pitching long/easy routes (WON'T TELL YOU WHICH HAHA), as a team of two, so you'll need to have other climbing plans, or if you're a competent trad team we can do the same route but in separate teams. Anyone interested?

natedawg  Jan 6, 2013
The extreme management (i.e. closing access every evening and flushing people out) of the loop seems unjustified to me - nowhere else is BLM or even NPS land so strictly controlled. Does anyone know why? Were people dumping bodies out there in the 70's?

smassey  Jan 7, 2013
@nate: It is a bit extreme, but being that close to an urban area of 1.6M makes it necessary to have stronger regs, as well as not having a huge budget for rangers. Given the graffiti problem in the Calico as it is, for example, having the loop open all the time would 'probably' increase that. Ideas for a more streamlined, mobile-friendly late exit system have been discussed for awhile, but without significant public input, may never be implemented. If you have some ideas, feel free to let the BLM know. A good person to contact is Mark Spencer, Field Manager. His office is :
Red Rock/Sloan Field Office
4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
m1spence@blm.gov
702.515.5351

Or feel free to contact your local representative, and have them convey your thoughts to the NV congressmen and the BLM.

Emily Bowles  Mar 20, 2013
Hey all!
I'll be arriving in Vegas Friday afternoon (3/29). Looking to hitch up and follow someone the next morning (early) or maybe even Friday night if that's an option. I've got to be back in Vegas by 10:30am Saturday morning. I know it's not much time, so I'm thinking sunrise is a good time to head out? I'm confident on a 5.8-ish and anything above I'm game to try. Looking for a short(ish) & sweet session with minimal approach time.
Will have just completed a week long geology field trip so the time is short but I'd be super psyched just to get a few hours in!

Boz Wilkes  Apr 3, 2013
At the Front Corridor crag, does anyone know what the mixed route is that seems to be two routes to climber's left of Man's Best Friend? I climbed it the other day and it was 3 bolts from the start and then trad up a right-facing flake, traverse right along a horizontal crack, then up a left-facing corner then traverse a short way over a bulge up to chains. I can't seem to find this route anywhere.

Kurt Ross  Apr 12, 2013


Tom Monahan  Apr 20, 2013
There has been some confusion in the past, which we hope to dispel... The Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue team DOES NOT charge for its services. We are part of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, a tax-funded public safety agency. Don't hesitate to call us if you get in trouble.

The best way to reach us is by dialling 9-1-1. An emergency operator may be able to collect GPS coordinates from your cell phone.

Please, don't hesitate. Call us if you need us.

b-mcg  Dec 1, 2013
Regarding Accommodations and transportation. I live very close to Red Rock and rent a spare bedroom out of my house through Airbnb.com.
My guests are almost exclusively climbers and for transportation most of my them rent cars but at least a few have opted take the Red Rock Casino airport shuttle bus from the airport to casino and then walk ten minutes to my house. This may be a good option whether you stay at my place or intend to take a cab from the casino to your final destination. The shuttle is free but remember to tip the shuttle driver becuase hey, you'll be saving a $60 cab ride so you can afford a nice tip. The Shuttle normally makes its circle once every other hour but I recommend calling the bell desk at the casino to confirm times).

Alex Aristei  Dec 29, 2013
Great place to eat.
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Sasa Sushi

Great Climber owned Business !!! so lets support it :)

Greg Barnes  Jun 20, 2014
"Red Rock"??? Never heard of it. I have literally never heard a climber call Red Rocks "Red Rock."

Admins - you really should switch everything to Red Rocks - "Red Rock" as a title is just embarrassing Mountain Project!

In case people disagree…I present Exhibit A:

Red Rocks guides.
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Doug Hemken  Jun 21, 2014
Gee Greg, you should look more closely at some of the photo captions, above.

geoff georges  22 hours ago
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