Description - Barely outside Las Vegas, State Route 159 winds through the 83,100-acre Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the shadow of the majestic Spring Mountain Range. A loop trip from Las Vegas covers 39 miles and can be made in an afternoon. Multi-colored rock formations, unique flora and a large number of animals such as Desert Bighorn Sheep, bobcats, gray foxes and wild burros are seen here often. Start a tour of the area at the Red Rock Visitors Center operated by the Bureau of Land Management. Inside are excellent displays explaining the geology, history, plant and animal life, archeology and recreational opportunities.
- The Red Rock Canyon Road is known for it's Archeology, Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : Beginning in Las Vegas, follow NV 159 west. When the road is heading almost straight south, you are on Red Rock Canyon Road. If you continue to Blue Diamond and NV 160, you saw only seven miles of the 39-mile byway. However, you can follow the loop off of NV 159 to view the rest of the byway, and meet back up with 159 32 miles later. If you begin in Blue Diamond and head north, follow the road as it forks to the left and follow the loop, or continue straight and take it in the opposite direction. NV 159 will take you to Las Vegas.