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Black Velvet Canyon 109 / 9 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 119
Cactus Flower Tower 26 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 26
Calico Basin 136 / 174 / 34 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 341
Calico Peaks 15 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
First Creek Canyon 86 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 88
First Pullout 96 / 146 / 39 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 252
Gateway Canyon Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Icebox Canyon 61 / 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 65
Juniper Canyon 111 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 117
Kraft Boulders 4 / 0 / 1 / 152 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 152
Mt. Wilson 21 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 21
Mud Spring Canyon 9 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Oak Creek Canyon 66 / 5 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 77
Pine Creek Canyon 183 / 9 / 5 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 196
Promised Land, The 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Red Spring Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 29 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Sandstone Canyon 9 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Sandstone Quarry 28 / 171 / 5 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 210
Second Pullout 32 / 184 / 3 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 217
Southern Outcrops 33 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
White Rock Spring 24 / 1 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Willow Spring 120 / 8 / 3 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 155
Windy Peak 24 / 1 / 0 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 42
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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: blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/bl…)

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.

Commerical and Large Groups (>15)
If you're interested in acquiring a permit to operate within Red Rocks as a commercial entity or as an organized group larger than 15 in size, please see the BLM permits.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

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Classic Climbing Routes at Red Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Solar Slab
Trad 9 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Birdland
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dark Shadows
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Frogland
Trad 6 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crimson Chrysalis
Trad 9 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Epinephrine
Trad 13 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dream of Wild Turkeys
Trad 7 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Triassic Sands
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Risky Business
Trad 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Fiddler on the Roof
Trad, Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Fox
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Nightcrawler
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Levitation 29
Trad, Sport 9 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cloud Tower
Trad 6 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
The Original Route
Trad 14 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Solar Slab Oak Creek Canyon > Solar Slab - Upper Tier 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 9 pitches
Birdland Pine Creek Canyon > Brass Wall 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
Dark Shadows Pine Creek Canyon > Mescalito 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Frogland Black Velvet Canyon > Whiskey Peak 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Crimson Chrysalis Juniper Canyon > Cloud Tower 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 9 pitches
Epinephrine Black Velvet Canyon > Black Velvet Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 13 pitches
Dream of Wild Turkeys Black Velvet Canyon > Black Velvet Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 7 pitches
Triassic Sands Black Velvet Canyon > Whiskey Peak 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Risky Business Pine Creek Canyon > Mescalito 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 4 pitches
Fiddler on the Roof Black Velvet Canyon > Black Velvet Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport 7 pitches
The Fox Calico Basin > Fox Area 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Nightcrawler Juniper Canyon > Brownstone Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Levitation 29 Oak Creek Canyon > Eagle Wall 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport 9 pitches
Cloud Tower Juniper Canyon > Cloud Tower 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 6 pitches
The Original Route Juniper Canyon > Rainbow Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 14 pitches
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Bryan Bornholdt
Las Vegas, NV
Bryan Bornholdt   Las Vegas, NV
Scenic drive update: The road repaving project is done and very nice. All parking areas are open now.

The TIRE GUARDS ARE BACK at the exit!! DO NOT attempt to drive in to Oak Creek from the exit!!

Simply park at the exit and hike the extra 12-15 minutes in if you don't want to drive around the scenic loop. This is a nice option actually for those planning an early start and don't mind the slight amount of extra hiking in and out. Oct 27, 2017
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

Mar 29, 2006
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Bryson, try redrockcanyonlv.org/faq.htm. 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 hotels.com 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! Mar 23, 2006
Hey fellow climbers,

I am traveling to potrero chico next Friday 12/15 and really need a place to park my car for a couple weeks in Vegas.
Does anybody want to help a tribe member out?? I am coming from Flagstaff, Arizona and we got good beers which I would love to
trade for a parking spot!

Thanks

Patrick 1 day ago
Hello everyone, looking for a sport climbing partner for Saturday Decmber 16. 3 years of experience and looking to get on some 10's. Looking to move to Vegas in a few months and don't have anyone to climb with yet. 2 days ago
Jason Giblin
Boulder, CO
Jason Giblin   Boulder, CO
Is early-mid january a good time to plan a trip here? I would like to get on some trad big wall routes like epinephrine and levitation 29, but would also be super stoked on some sport cragging 7 days ago
Alex Fisher
Portland, Oregon
Alex Fisher   Portland, Oregon
Did anybody lose a memory stick near the top of Unimpeachable Groping? I picked up a flash drive last Thursday at the base of the first double rappel (above the top of the basin near power failure top out). Send me a message and I'll get it to you. Nov 25, 2017
Found a woman's north face back pack at Calico Basin on the side of the road between the two parking areas after dark around 8pm. If it's your's please name a few things from the inside.
Thanks! Nov 23, 2017
Looking for climbing buddy or buddies for Fri-Sat after Thanksgiving
Suzanne Nov 14, 2017
Will Cutrone
Wallingford, CT
Will Cutrone   Wallingford, CT
Hey everyone, what would y'all recommend as the best guide book to buy for Red Rock? Nov 7, 2017
John Hegyes
Las Vegas, NV
John Hegyes   Las Vegas, NV
Jonathan Simonton, the First Pullout construction is complete and that parking lot and trailhead are completely open. I wrote out a suggested update to the area admin; hopefully the information will be corrected shortly. Sep 18, 2017
Jonathan Simonton   Chandler
A comment in the First Pullout section says that the pullout is closed as of December 2016 for construction. Does anyone know if that is still the case? Sep 18, 2017
William Thiry
Lakewood, CO
William Thiry   Lakewood, CO
Late October / early November is generally an ideal time to climb at Red Rock: perfect temperatures and no spring break crowds. Unfortunately it gets dark around 6:30. Aug 9, 2017
Alexander Smith
Boston Area
Alexander Smith   Boston Area
Locals: Is late-October a good time to plan a trip to RR? I've been in mid-March and found the weather to be good, although at times pretty hot (IE high 80's mid-day). What is the average day like in late-October? We were thinking late oct/early Nov.

Thanks! Aug 7, 2017
Hi,

Looking for someone to climb with in the early early AM tomorrow, june 9th! My partner broke his ankle and would love to get some climbing done in the morning.

I'd lead sport in the 11s and have a single rack if anyone wanted to climb trad?

Give me a text / ring on 5107036363

Tom Jun 8, 2017
Hey y'all my name is Kevin im 26 been climbing for 6 years and I'm hoping to meet some experienced multi pitch climbers in the area. Visiting from New Jersey and would love to get out while I'm here. I have with me 100ft static rope, 60m dynamic, cam set .4-3, 12 draws, nut set, belay devices... im staying with my cousin in Henderson until Monday, anyone willing to take me along please let me know! May 31, 2017
Kevin Patterson
Wellington, New Zealand
Kevin Patterson   Wellington, New Zealand
For multipitch moderate routes it would be hard to beat Red Rock Canyon as one of the best crags in the western states of North America. In a continent dominated by high end loaded crags, where leaders jostle with each other to get on climbs they can feel safe on, RR Canyon with it's vast array of 5.5-5.9 classics provides a welcome oasis. This is an area you can bring your gf/bf/parent/kids to, there's something here for everyone. And having a climber dominated campground nearby makes it easy to find climbing partners too. May 31, 2017
steveoxley oxley
Winter Park, Colorado
steveoxley oxley   Winter Park, Colorado
Is there any free camping? I am willing to drive 30 miles just for privacy and quiet. thanks May 8, 2017
MileHighMitch
Denver, CO
MileHighMitch   Denver, CO
HEY!!! Lost a blue northface jacket and purgatory water bottle on the approach to blood wall. We were actually returning and quite bit and I had not noticed my pack unclipped and dropped these items. :) they are crucial pieces of my big wall gear and I would love to get them back. if you find them, please message me on here and I will pay you to ship them back. I will toss you some bones as well. Climb on! May 1, 2017
Garrett C
SL,UT
Garrett C   SL,UT
Camped in Red Rock campground a week ago.. Unfortunately had someone tried to steal our tagged spot and also had some things stolen from our campsite (nothing of great value but still). Be careful what you keep at your site. Would have thought more of the community than that. An earlier comment mentioned cracking down at the pullout before the campground but I consistently saw 5+ cars/campers there every night and morning, so maybe they were easing up? I have camped there in the past and was politely asked to leave by rangers in the morning. Mar 4, 2017
Was climbing here on Saturday february 11th at the black corridor when we were hit by a flash flood. I had to leave two black diamond draws on the wall at the very back of the canyon, I also had a friend lose a sling with a few locking beaners on it. if you find these up here we would really appreciate getting them back. will pay for postage and buy you a beer. Thanks and enjoy.

-Sam Feb 13, 2017
caesar.salad
earth
caesar.salad   earth
Don't camp in the pullout on the road to the BLM campground. They are cracking down. Feb 1, 2017
Anyone been out here lately? Had a trip planned for Monday but heard it snowed? Jan 25, 2017
Edward Medina
Ridgway, CO
Edward Medina   Ridgway, CO  
GTJ
GTJ  
Climbed a route years ago that went up into a cave and out through a small tunnel onto a ledge. Can't remember the name. Anyone help?!? Oct 26, 2016
Bryan Hains
Redwood CIty, CA
Bryan Hains   Redwood CIty, CA
Just want to give a shout out for a great place to eat 3 miles south of the Reds Scenic Loop/159 intersection: the Bonnie Springs Ranch Resort. Its an old-timy western scene that has plenty of beer, excellent bison burgers, good service, and funky ambiance. Sort of like the joints outside J Tree.

Check it out:

yelp.com/biz/bonnie-springs… Oct 24, 2016
We're pretty fond of Jacques Casual American Bistro. Not quite as close as BJ's Brewery, but quieter, climber friendly, vegetarian & carnivorous, & yummy food at a good price point, breakfast, lunch, & dinner.

Very close to the Summerlin Library, which is a fine place to spend a rest day with the internet.

Note from my partner, Susan: the food is organic and delicious and the gluten-free selection is huge!

1910 Village Center Cir #1, Las Vegas, NV 89134
jacquescafe.vegas/about-us/ Jan 16, 2016
Hello Red Rock Canyon Enthusiasts!

A gracious guest who stayed at my house through Airbnb suggested that I post a direct link to my Airbnb listing.

About half of my guests visit Red Rock Canyon to hike, bike, rock climb, and sightsee. My house is about a 5-10 minute drive from the Canyon. Check out my listing to see the many excellent reviews my guests have left and to read more details about the second master suite and other amenities. Location, location, location with lots of privacy :-)

Have a great time at Red Rock Canyon!

-Jessica Dec 31, 2015
Jeremy Almond
Las Vegas
Jeremy Almond   Las Vegas
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. Nov 12, 2015
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
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. Nov 10, 2015
Jeremy Almond
Las Vegas
Jeremy Almond   Las Vegas
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..... Nov 9, 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.

Thanks Nov 3, 2015
Jerimiah Gentry
Denver, CO
Jerimiah Gentry   Denver, CO
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!

Jerimia(h) Oct 19, 2015
Vince Buffalini
Las Vegas, Nevada
Vince Buffalini   Las Vegas, Nevada
666 sport routes... that's metal. Aug 27, 2015
wankel7
Indiana
wankel7   Indiana
We stayed at this Airbnb place...they have three rooms available.

airbnb.com/users/show/74048…

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. Mar 25, 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 Mar 13, 2015
Weston L
Summerlin, NV
Weston L   Summerlin, NV
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 as....you guessed it, Tuolumne Meadows.

NPS refers to City of Rocks National Reserve as....you 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.

Feb 3, 2015
William Thiry
Lakewood, CO
William Thiry   Lakewood, CO
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. Nov 25, 2014
ToniL  
since the camping grounds all have poor reviews, how is the Situation for budget hotels around the area? I tried finding some at hotelscheap.org 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 Aug 9, 2014
Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
Gee Greg, you should look more closely at some of the photo captions, above. Jun 21, 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:

Jun 20, 2014
Alex Aristei
Malibu
Alex Aristei   Malibu
Great place to eat.
yelp.com/biz/sasa-sushi-las…
Sasa Sushi

Great Climber owned Business !!! so lets support it :) Dec 29, 2013
b-mcg  
Regarding Accommodations and transportation. I live very close to Red Rock and rent a spare bedroom out of my house through Airbnb.com.
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). Dec 1, 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. Apr 20, 2013
Kurt Ross
Boulder, colorado
Kurt Ross   Boulder, colorado
Boz Wilkes
New Paltz, NY
Boz Wilkes   New Paltz, NY
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. Apr 3, 2013
smassey
CO
smassey   CO
@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
m1spence@blm.gov
702.515.5351

Or feel free to contact your local representative, and have them convey your thoughts to the NV congressmen and the BLM. Jan 7, 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? Jan 6, 2013
Good job on the wag bags! These should be mandatory for all desert environments. Mar 29, 2012
jim schuring
pennsylvania
jim schuring   pennsylvania
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 Nov 24, 2011
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
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. Sep 28, 2011
sarcasm  
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. Sep 28, 2011
Greg Gavin
SLC, UT
Greg Gavin   SLC, UT
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. Dec 13, 2010
Darren in Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Darren in Vegas   Las Vegas, NV
Here is an attempt to consolidate some of the Frequently Asked Questions about Red Rock. Hope this helps you on your trip to Vegas

mountainproject.com/v/nevad… Dec 9, 2010
For aid practice in Red Rocks, a good little climb is the first part of Plan F on Ragged Edges wall.

www.mountainproject.com/v/nevada/red_rock/willow_spring/105733169

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. Sep 20, 2010
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
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. Sep 19, 2010
Curtis Olson
Idaho
Curtis Olson   Idaho
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. Sep 19, 2010
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
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. Jan 6, 2010
adamgable
Laramie, WY
adamgable   Laramie, WY
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 Jan 5, 2010
Julian Smith
Colorado Springs, CO
Julian Smith   Colorado Springs, CO
Hey; Thanks for the schoolin'. Big horn sheep sound a lot better than the big cats I was imagining. Cheers! Nov 11, 2009
rockratrei
Las Vegas, NV
rockratrei   Las Vegas, NV
Big Horn Sheep - I see the pee pods all the time. Nov 10, 2009
Julian Smith
Colorado Springs, CO
Julian Smith   Colorado Springs, CO
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. Nov 10, 2009
C Miller   CA  
Red Rock Guide Book online with new routes, corrections and more - redrocksguidebook.com/forum… Aug 4, 2009
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
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. Apr 9, 2009
SAL
broomdigiddy
SAL   broomdigiddy
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. Mar 4, 2009
Mike Howard    
Larry,
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.

Thanks,

Mike Nov 14, 2008
Lee Jenkins
Tucson, Arizona
Lee Jenkins   Tucson, Arizona
Yeah,

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.

THIS IS JUST WRONG! Nov 10, 2008
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
Karsten Duncan   Sacramento, CA
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 Nov 10, 2008
Jordan Ramey
Calgary, Alberta
Jordan Ramey   Calgary, Alberta
Originally posted by "chris ansari"

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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.

blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/bl…

On the right side of the page is the red rock climbing inventory.
It is downloadable in sections as a pdf. Oct 18, 2007
John Hegyes
Las Vegas, NV
John Hegyes   Las Vegas, NV
The National Weather Service also has a weather station in Red Rock, this one is at the Visitor Center.

NWS Red Rock Nov 15, 2006
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Weather information for Calico Basin (weather station KNVLASVE41) may be found at wunderground.com/US/NV/Las_…. Scroll down the page to "Calico Basin, Red Rock Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV" Nov 14, 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! Sep 26, 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 jerryhandren@earthlink.net. Aug 5, 2006
Great info Mike. Thanks!
more...
supertopo.com/climbingareas… Mar 24, 2006
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
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. Mar 23, 2006
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
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. Mar 23, 2006
"Who could ask for more?"

How about some beta on the camping... Mar 23, 2006

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