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By Mike McLean
Jan 13, 2011

Hi all,

I'm sure my few questions have been answered already, so please go easy on me :)

I'm heading out to RR for one week (Feb 26th to March 5th) and have a few concerns that need to be alleviated.

1) Camping: Should I be worried about the grounds being full that time of year? I expect to fly in on Sunday, possibly setup camp on Monday

2) Food: I can't fly in with my gas canisters, so i'll have to buy a few in Vegas. Is there an outdoor store on the way there from the airport?

3) Water : From what I can see on the RR Campground web site, I shouldn't worry about drinking water. Right?

4) Showers! : I expect to want to take one every couple of days. Any suggestions?

Thanks all.


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By Eric-D
From Las Vegas, nv
Jan 13, 2011

1: I doubt that it would be full mid week but it's really hard to tell.
2: There is an REI 5 miles from the campground. Straight east on Charleston. Look for the sign, the store it's self is back from the road on the north side.
3: Not positive but I do think they have potable water at the campground.
4: There may be other closer alternatives. There a few truck stops in town that have clean/ish showers for cheap.


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By Sergio Colombo
From Las Vegas
Jan 13, 2011

Mike,

1- The camp will not be sold out but I recommend making a reservation, you never know.

2-REI/Desert Rock/Sport Chalet all within minutes of Red Rock on Charleston Blvd (REI at Boca Park shopping ctr on Charleston Blvd).

3- There is water at the camp but I would recommend buying your own bottled water.

4- Showers at the Desert Rock climbing gym on Charleston next to the store. $4 each shower, bring your own soap and towel.

Hope this helps, take care.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Jan 13, 2011

1) Coming in on a saturday (feb 26th) might be a little dicey- especially since the high season will be getting going by then. Monday there should be plenty of sites.

2) Desert Rock Sports on Charleston and Cimmarron (1 block west of Buffalo)- always good to support the local gear shop. REI is across the street if they dont have the particular canister you need.

3) Yeah, the campground has water, but in general, we dont drink the water here. Lotsa minerals and stuff. It is certified by the gov't as drinkable, but nobody I know drinks from the tap here.

4) Red Rock Climbing Centers- right next to desert rock sports. Showers are $2, i think. bring your own towel.


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By Mike McLean
Jan 13, 2011

This is great all.

Thanks a million.


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By NO MAS
From Las Vegas, NV
Jan 14, 2011

I've been drinking the tap water here for 52 years. Seems fine to me but maybe I just don't know any better.

Hmm, come to think of it I'm probably the poster child for why you shouldn't drink the water here.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Jan 14, 2011

Michael Stacy wrote:
I've been drinking the tap water here for 52 years. Seems fine to me but maybe I just don't know any better. Hmm, come to think of it I'm probably the poster child for why you shouldn't drink the water here.


i wasnt going to name names or anything, but....


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By Tom Fralich
From Fort Collins, CO
Jan 14, 2011

I've said it before, but consider hoteling it for a day or two (or more). It is possible to get a room for $15-20 per night (Sun-Thur). The campground is $15, so you can have a room for not too much more.

I just stayed at Hooters for $20 per night this past week. I've seen Palace Station for $15 and Circus Circus for $24.

Some people prefer camping, and I myself prefer it sometimes since I can sleep a bit later before a big route. But if you're going for a week, you may want a rest day...in which case, a hotel and shower (and rest day activities) may come at about the price of camping.

Try Vegas.com. You can book now, or wait until you see the weather a week or so before your trip and then decide. There are always bargains.


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By kurthicks
Jan 15, 2011

The best option for showers is the Veteran's Memorial Leisure Center on Pavilion Center Drive. It's a left turn off Charleston, one block past the Red Rock Casino. Drive north on Pavilion until you get to a stop sign (not a light). It's a half block further on the left.

$6/week for workouts and showers, free internet access, and a small patch of grass to sort gear on or just lounge about in. Can't beat it.


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By Mike McLean
Jan 16, 2011

Again, thanks for the tips; I hadn't realized rooms could go for so cheap ... I'll probably still camp for a few days (my son like it obviously) and take a room for the last few days.


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By England
From ?
Jan 16, 2011
Alpine toothpick.

John Wilder wrote:
1) 3) Yeah, the campground has water, but in general, we dont drink the water here. Lotsa minerals and stuff. It is certified by the gov't as drinkable, but nobody I know drinks from the tap here.

Water snob....I'm just kidding man, I've drank a lot of that water, and thought it was pretty good. I walked into RR campground at 8:30pm May 2, 2010, and got one of the walk in tent sites no problem. However, you should know that it was actually worse than camp 4 at Yosemite this year with the parties, and sporties cussing like a sailor until 2am. May want to consider that with the young one. Good luck, it's a beautiful area. Keep your stuff locked UP!


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