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Latenight Trail
Great riding along the southern mountains of Red Rock up to Black Velvet Canyon. Near Las Vegas, Nevada
3 Mile Smile
An excellent 3 mile descent that will keep you grinning. Near Las Vegas, Nevada
Cowboy Trails
Challenging and technical with a stunning backdrop; an exciting place to ride in Las Vegas. Near Las Vegas, Nevada
An extremely technical trail in the Cowboy Trails network. Near Summerlin South, Nevada
Badger Pass
A fun, long ascent with a short switchback descent if you decide to continue on to 3 Mile Smile. Near Las Vegas, Nevada
3 Mile Smile via Badger Pass
An excellent romp that starts with several miles of moderate climbing and great views. Near Las Vegas, Nevada
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Red Rock Rock Climbing 

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Red Rock 

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?

***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby.

***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club.

***** LATE EXIT PASSES *****
Note that the scenic loop drive access is limited by the BLM. 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:

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 Permit Line 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes in Red Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Red Rock:
Cat in the Hat   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Solar Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1220'   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Upper Tier
Olive Oil   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 7 pitches, 600'   Juniper Canyon : Rose Tower
Johnny Vegas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Birdland   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall
Dark Shadows   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito
Great Red Book   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Second Pullout : Great Red Book Rock
Frogland   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Crimson Chrysalis   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
Big Bad Wolf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Calico Basin : Riding Hood Wall
Straight Shooter   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Pine Creek Canyon : Straight Shooter Wall
Epinephrine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 13 pitches, 1600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Sour Mash   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
Dream of Wild Turkeys   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall
The Nightcrawler   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 550'   Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall
Triassic Sands   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak
Unimpeachable Groping   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 7 pitches, 760'   Juniper Canyon : Ginger Buttress
Levitation 29   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 700'   Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall
Cloud Tower   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 810'   Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower
The Original Route   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Juniper Canyon : The Rainbow Wall
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Yellow Brick Road 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  NV : Red Rock : ... : Black Velvet Wall
Yellow Brick Road is more of a 2 pitch variation to Dream of Wild Turkerys. Start by climbing the first 2 pitches of DOWT. Pitch 1- 5.6, Pitch 2- 5.8. On pitch 3 you will start the pitch the same as you would for DOWT. About 30ft into the pitch you will reach the rightward traverse for DOWT, instead of traversing, continue straight up the crack(at first) then follow the obvious line of bolts to a hanging belay- 5.10b. Historical note- there is a metal plaque bolted to the wall where these 2 r...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Rock Climbing Photo: Snowy Mt. Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain.  Note the ...
Snowy Mt. Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain. Note the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Natural Tank-Calico Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Natural Tank-Calico Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
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The locals, often seen pan-handling near parking l...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Wilson on 12/15/08
Mt. Wilson on 12/15/08
Rock Climbing Photo: Watch out for ringtails at Red Rocks!!
Watch out for ringtails at Red Rocks!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the calico hills
Near the calico hills
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Yeah, we're going to Red Rocks to do some climbing...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset over Red Rocks from the Second Pullout, Oct...
Sunset over Red Rocks from the Second Pullout, Oct...
Rock Climbing Photo: Black Velvet Canyon
Black Velvet Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Wilson during a beautiful winter day in Red Ro...
Mt. Wilson during a beautiful winter day in Red Ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Rock panorama. Such a great place
Red Rock panorama. Such a great place
Rock Climbing Photo: And you thought you were having a bad day.  Snake ...
And you thought you were having a bad day. Snake ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: A cold down draft on a stormy February day.  The n...
A cold down draft on a stormy February day. The n...
Rock Climbing Photo: Agave. Photo by Blitzo.
Agave. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chuckwalla lizard
Chuckwalla lizard
Rock Climbing Photo: I couldn't find this hardcore route anywhere in th...
I couldn't find this hardcore route anywhere in th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Rocks sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Red Rocks sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Impressive looking vistas of Pine Creek canyon aft...
Impressive looking vistas of Pine Creek canyon aft...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pacific Treefrog with a reflection of the South si...
Pacific Treefrog with a reflection of the South si...
Rock Climbing Photo: rock art on the approach to Winter Heat Wall
rock art on the approach to Winter Heat Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise at Red Rock just before all Hell cut loose...
Sunrise at Red Rock just before all Hell cut loose...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking West from the Great Read Book walk-off.
Looking West from the Great Read Book walk-off.

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

How about some beta on the camping...
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Mar 23, 2006
Bryson, try 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 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!
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
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.
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
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.
By Bryson Slothower
Mar 24, 2006
Great info Mike. Thanks!
By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
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

By Karsten
From: Sacramento, CA
Jun 18, 2006
Heavy Fines for staying late . . .

Scorching weather . . .

Routes crowded with gumbies . . .

Crappy, expensive campground . . .

Why come to Red Rocks?

By 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
By Tea
Aug 31, 2006
Worst campground EVER!
By Blitzo
Sep 23, 2006
Red Rocks is Awesome! One of my favorite places, but the campground SUCKS!!!
By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
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!
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 14, 2006
Weather information for Calico Basin (weather station KNVLASVE41) may be found at Scroll down the page to "Calico Basin, Red Rock Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV"
By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
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
By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 25, 2007
FWIW the Las Vegas airport makes for a lousy bivy spot...
By Jordan Ramey
From: Calgary, Alberta
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.

On the right side of the page is the red rock climbing inventory.
It is downloadable in sections as a pdf.
By acouncell
From: Estes Park, CO
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!
By Tyson
From: Salt lake city, ut
Oct 2, 2008
Any advice on the best guidebook to buy?
By Karsten
From: Sacramento, CA
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
By Lee Jenkins
From: Buena Vista, Colorado
Nov 10, 2008

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.

By Mike Howard
Nov 14, 2008
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.


By Andrew Carson
From: Wilson, WY
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.
From: broomdigiddy
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.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
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.
By C Miller
Aug 4, 2009
Red Rock Guide Book online with new routes, corrections and more -
By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
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.
By rockratrei
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 10, 2009
Big Horn Sheep - I see the pee pods all the time.
By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 11, 2009
Hey; Thanks for the schoolin'. Big horn sheep sound a lot better than the big cats I was imagining. Cheers!
By Sung
From: Denver, CO
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.
By adamgable
From: Laramie, WY
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
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
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.
By Curtis Olson
From: Idaho
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.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
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.
By 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.

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.
By 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.
By Darren in Vegas
From: Las Vegas, NV
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
By Greg G
From: SLC, UT
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.
By cragsavvy
From: Salt Lake City
Apr 2, 2011
shouldn't it be 'Red Rocks' with an "s"?
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
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.
By sarcasm
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.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
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.
By sarcasm
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.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
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.
By chrisIerickson
From: Salt Lake, UT
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.

By jim schuring
From: pennsylvania
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
By Ryan Stefani
Mar 29, 2012
Good job on the wag bags! These should be mandatory for all desert environments.
By doodmar
Nov 29, 2012





By stefand
Dec 1, 2012
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:
By 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?
By 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?
By smassey
From: CO
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

Or feel free to contact your local representative, and have them convey your thoughts to the NV congressmen and the BLM.
By 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!
By Boz Wilkes
From: New Paltz, NY
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.
By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Apr 12, 2013
By 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.
By 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
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).
By Alex Aristei
Dec 29, 2013
Great place to eat.
Sasa Sushi

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

Rock Climbing Photo: Red Rocks guides.
Red Rocks guides.
By Doug Hemken
Jun 21, 2014
Gee Greg, you should look more closely at some of the photo captions, above.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Jul 30, 2014
By Alfonso
Jul 31, 2014
So I here the campgrounds are awful. Im ok with that. But do any of the campgrounds offer showers? If not, does anyone around sell a shower token for shower, etc, etc? Thanks!
By ToniL
Aug 9, 2014
since the camping grounds all have poor reviews, how is the Situation for budget hotels around the area? I tried finding some at but they are either too expansive for my likes, or too far away. I dont have high standards, no luxury needed. All i need is a clean bed and a shower, and as i said, the closer the better
By Ballsnauer
Oct 23, 2014
Left a pair of Anasazi moves at wake up wall this past Monday. Call or yet 614.296.7098 if found
By William Thiry
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 25, 2014
Every time I come back to Red Rock(s) I am simply awed at how terrific it is. I am partial to the long, moderate 'desert alpine' climbs but so many other options exist that you could literally climb here full-time for a decade and not tap the full potential.

The name debate is entertaining. It was called Red Rocks for a long time, even by the locals. Only recently have some people begun calling it Red Rock. It doesn't matter much what you call it, just get out there and climb it.

The BLM mamagement of the area isn't optimal for climbers, hence the limited loop road hours and limited camping. However, I'm from the Boulder, CO area and it isn't any better in Eldorado Canyon so I can't complain. A great option at Red Rock(s) is to camp in the desert: either off Hwy 160 (on the left side) at free camp sites half-way up to the Spring Mountain Pass (about a mile past the right turn off for the Black Velvet area), or over the pass down into Pahrump Valley where an entire city of climbers can camp for free in the open deseert. The first option is only 15 minutes from the RR gates, and the second option is about 30 - 45 minutes.
By don welsh
Jan 15, 2015
Red Rock.
By Sam Prentice
Feb 3, 2015
Totally. Red Rock.

Hueco Tank.
Wonderland of Rock.
City of Rock.
Tuolumne Meadow.

Clearly esoteric and frivolous distinctions.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Feb 3, 2015
Creating a false dichotomy regarding the naming convention of climbing areas is in fact esoteric and frivilous. However, being bored....I'll bite...

NPS refers to Tuolumne Meadows guessed it, Tuolumne Meadows.

NPS refers to City of Rocks National Reserve guessed it, City of Rocks

NPS refers to the section of Joshua Tree National Park (not Joshua Trees National Park) you refer to as "Wonderland of Rocks."

Texas State Parks refers to Hueco Tanks as Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site.

The only bit of a crack in naming convention is the Gunks, which abbreviates a long name for something.

FYI, the BLM's name for Red Rock Canyon from 1967-1990? Red Rock Recreation Lands. From 1990 onward? Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

But hey, clearly we all have way too much time on our hands. I understand why people make the mistake, including the guidebook authors, due to the fact that a long time ago climbers used to refer to Red Rock as the "Red Rocks of Southern Nevada." The old Urioste Guide is evidence of this.

Red Rock or Red Rocks or whatever you want to call it, is a great place to climb.

By Leslie Andrews
Mar 13, 2015
For those looking for a place to stay near Red Rocks, we had a great experience with Tiffany using airbnb. Her house is about a 15 minute drive out to the Red Rocks area and is reasonably priced. A great neighborhood, a beautiful house and all the amenities - a real bed, kitchen, showers, TV and wi-fi. Check it out - let her know Leslie & Paul referred you!!

Tiffany's AirBnB
By wankel7
From: Indiana
Mar 25, 2015
We stayed at this Airbnb place...they have three rooms available.

Really nice hosts and having the kitchen to use was great. They also have an apartment that separate from the house with it's own kitchen.

It is about a 21 minute drive to the RRs gate. We took the summerlin highway just north of the home. It seemed to be the fastest way to go.
By jeff1989
Apr 25, 2015
Did anyone "find" a crash pad at kraft parking lot today (4/25) around mid afternoon with a pair of new la sportiva muira's, a pair of womens purple and grey scarpa's, and a blue puffy jacket? if so please email me at Otherwise whoever stole our gear i hope karma deals you a big steaming pile of f u.
By Vince Buffalini
Aug 27, 2015
666 sport routes... that's metal.
By Manderson198
Aug 27, 2015
Weston, haha. That's hilarious. And informative. Nice one!
By Bruce26
From: Watertown, Massachusetts
Oct 8, 2015
Im headed to Red Rocks for the 2nd time and I was hoping someone could give me a pointer or two on where to climb in Mid-December (8th-12th). I ve been looking for a zone with a good amount of daylight and relatively calm winds.

Any good spots to add to the list?

By Jerimiah Gentry
From: Denver, CO
Oct 19, 2015
Any thoughts on living in a stealthy van in the Red Rock(s) Las Vega(s) area from Dec to Mar? Including but not limited to trailer park / parking space rental? I'm a travel nurse and on work days I usually stay in employee parking and am out of town for the remaining days. I've visited Vegas many times and stayed in the Wasteland that is the standard camping and at Black Velvet.

Thank you!

By BrettAtBond
Nov 3, 2015
Is there a rule of thumb for amount of time to stay off the rock after rain besides "the ground is dry" for people planning a trip, not able to check the powderyness of the soil?

For the sandstone in the Santa Monicas we say 3 days.

By Jer Alz
From: Las Vegas
Nov 9, 2015
What is the consensus on the loop road being a 2 lane road? Is it or is it not? How about passing people day tripping at 15-20mph?
Here we go.....
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 10, 2015
It is legal to pass on the loop road. It is not two lanes because in a few spots it's not wide enough, but passing safely is legal.
By Jer Alz
From: Las Vegas
Nov 12, 2015
I'm not too aggressive about it... I wish there were signs that said allow faster traffic to pass. My climbing partner is a crazy driver.... I think we have made passes in the skinnier areas... it would be nice if they put a express lane straight out after the 3rd pullout.... I heard there is a preposal for that.

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