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Red Rock Canyon visitors up for holiday weekend

Posted at 3:45 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 18:45:55-05

The trails around Red Rock Canyon are expected to be a bit busy this weekend.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, visitation at the National Conservation Area increases with the most congested time anticipated between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The visitor center will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. the rest of the weekend.  The 13-Mile Scenic Drive will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To ensure a high quality visitor experience and to allow access for emergency vehicles, the 13-Mile Scenic Drive may be temporarily closed during periods of high visitation. Road signs will be posted along State Route 159 if/when the Scenic Drive is closed. Visitors may call 702-515-5350 to determine if the Scenic Drive is open.

Taking advantage of cool fall temperatures and free time over the holidays, increasing numbers of hikers are attracted to trails on southern Nevada’s public lands, especially Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Catrina Williams, the BLM’s manager of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area advises hikers to:

  • Stay on established trails and watch your footing.  Pay attention for loose rocks and steep ledges.
  • Watch wildlife from a distance.
  • Stay hydrated.  Bring and drink plenty of water. 
  • Don’t approach or feed the wild horses or burros often seen in Red Rock Canyon.  They are not domesticated.
  • Keep a close eye on children who may not recognize hazards.
  • Bring the right gear.  Sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes are best. A light pack with clothing layers for changing conditions is helpful.  Consider wearing a hat and sunglasses.

Information on hiking opportunities on southern Nevada lands managed by the BLM is available by visiting www.blm.gov/nv and clicking on the map link for southern Nevada.