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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park- Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, at the base of the magnificent Wilson Cliffs. This 520-acre area was developed into a combination working Historic Spring Mountain Ranch.

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Description - Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located 10 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. This 197,000 acre area provides a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.

The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock Canyon represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National
Conservation Area (NCA), the seventh to be designated nationally. This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. More than one million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs.

Attractions - This is a sensory delight for the mind's eye and an experience that won't be forgotten. Escape from Las Vegas and experience the natural wonders of the Mojave Desert. A tapestry of red and creme-colored sandstone holds secret canyon treasures within their folds. Hundreds of waterfalls appear after a brief desert storm, some hundreds of feet high. Scramble across fossilized sand dunes, explore the recesses between the rocks, climb sheer rock walls, or just sit back and enjoy the scenic beauty of the burgundy and creme-colored sandstone. Watch as rock climbers dangle on the side of the cliffs in this world-class paved, scenic loop drive, visitor center and day-use area. This National Conservation Area also has a fee campground for your overnight use.

Also, featured is the 13-mile paved, scenic loop drive, which is the Back Country Byway. This is all just a short 20-30 minute drive west of Las Vegas.

Recreation - Facilities in this region include, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scenic viewing, scenic driving, rock climbing and hiking.

Climate - Typical low desert conditions, winters are mild with temperatures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees. Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees and may reach 120 degrees. Summer temperatures do not vary widely from day to night.

Location - Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located 15 miles west of Las Vegas along highways 160 and 159.

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping
Yes
ICON Geology
Yes
ICON Nature Study
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes
ICON Picnicking
Yes
ICON Rock Climbing
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife
Yes


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Contact Information:
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, HCR 33, P.O. Box 5500 , Las Vegas, NV, 89124, Phone: 702-363-1921

Additional Information:
Las Vegas BLM Field Office - The Las Vegas BLM Field Office administers a large portion of the Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. It includes the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. These areas are not far from Las Vegas and offer scenic escapes from the city.
Las Vegas Region - Located in southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Region offers more than just gambling. Visitors to the area can experience the natural beauty and wildlife of areas such as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park and the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park to name but a few.
Nevada National Forests and Parks - The Humboldt -Toiyabe National Forest, is the largest national Forest outside the State of Alaska. Areas of this immense National Forest are scattered throughout Nevada. There are many opportunities to participated in a wide variety of recreational activities.

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