Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a fantastic park to explore, with grand mountains and sandstone formations risings from the desert west of Las Vegas, Nevada. For those staying overnight in the park, Red Rock Canyon NCA has one campground with 72 sites. Like the rest of the park, the campground is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which has established a well-developed campground for visitors.
Red Rock Canyon Campground has 72 total sites. Three sites are handicap accessible, fourteen sites are walk-in sites, and five sites are designed for RVs (although the campground does not have a dump station or any electrical, water, or sewer hook-ups). The campground is definitely designed to comfort tent campers and has shade structures at each site for hiding from the hot desert sun. Standard sites also have picnic tables, fire rings, barbecue grills, and drinking water spigots.
Individual campsites allow up to 10 people and two vehicles. Each site has sand pads for a couple tents and tents may only be set up on designated tent pads. Camping in parking lots, along roadsides, and outside the campground is not allowed. Pets are welcome in the campground but must be on leashes at all times and may not be left unattended. When fire restrictions are in effect, fires may be prohibited. The campground has vault toilets but no showers.
Walk-in sites allow up to two tents per site. Wood fires are prohibited in the walk-in area (charcoal fires only). Pack out your own trash and do not camp outside permitted areas. Walk-in sites don’t have campfire rings, shade structures, or tent pads.
Arrive at the campground, select a site and pay the campground fee within the first 30 minutes. When staying for multiple days and not paying upfront, fees must be paid by 11 a.m. each day. Checkout is by 11 a.m. and check in time is noon. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. when using generators, radios, and music players is prohibited.
The campground is open from around Labor Day to Memorial Day but closes in the summer when temperatures become inhospitably hot. All sites are first-come first served (no reservations). Each individual site (including walk-in sites) is $15 per night and a 14-night limit in effect. The price is cut in half for holders of America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass Cards. Bring exact change or a check for the fee envelopes. Red Rock Canyon Campground also has seven group sites that are available by reservation only for $40 per night (prices as of April, 2016). The group sites host 10 to 15 people each with spots for a dozen tents and eight vehicles. Group sites can be reserved at recreation.gov.
To get to the campground: Red Rock Canyon Campground is located off Moenkopi Road, just south of State Route 159, 1.9 miles east of the Scenic Drive in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. From Las Vegas, take Interstate 15 to exit 42 and follow Route 95 west for 5 miles (heading toward Reno). Take exit 81A for Summerlin Parkway and drive 6.5 miles, using a ramp on the right to get on Clack County Route 215 South. Drive 2.2 miles, taking exit 26 to reach an intersection with Route 159 (Charleston Boulevard). Turn right and drive 3.2 miles. Turn left onto Moenkopi Road, which has a sign for Red Rock Canyon Campground, and drive 1.2 miles to the campground. Watch your speed on this road, which is patrolled.
Campground address: 3293 Moenkopi Road, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Campground coordinates: 36.1296, -115.3847 (36° 07′ 46.56″N 115° 23′ 04.91″W)
Use the map below to view the campground and get directions:
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