Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Adventure Sports Destination


Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

If you seek adventure sports on your vacation then you have to check out Red Rock Canyon on your next trip.

There is world-class rock climbing 20 miles from the Vegas strip! Climb by day, gamble by night.

There are 1,700 different routes of all grades and lengths at Red Rock Canyon. Be sure to get the guidebook before you go.

Note: If you forget anything or need any gear, stop by Desert Rock Sports on W Charleston on the way to Red Rock Canyon.

And don’t forget to check out all of the other rock climbing destinations within a day’s drive of Las Vegas. I have listed a few others below to check out on your trip.

Here are my tips for an adventure vacation to Red Rock Canyon:

Where to go:

Las Vegas, Nevada

When to go:

Spring and Fall are the best times to go

How long to stay:

5-7 days

Where to stay:

On the Vegas strip

MGM Grand

The Mirage

Note: These both have easy access to/from the strip and it is easier to stay on the south end of the strip.

Off the Vegas strip

Red Rock Resort Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

There are a lot of other options, check out Trip Advisor for more places to stay no matter what your budget is.



Local Guide Services are available if you are unfamiliar with the area or new to this adventure sport: Jackson Hole Mountain Guides or Sky’s The Limit

Red Rock Canyon

Climbing Areas

I am just listing a few of the areas, for the full list get the Rock Climbing Red Rocks Falcon Guide or check Mountain Project for more information.

Sport Climbing Areas

Calico Basin

This is a no fee area with easy access to bouldering, sport and trad climbing.

Very popular sport climbing area.

First Pullout

Sunny and short approaches make this a great area. Best crags = Dog Wall and The Fixx Cliff.

Second Pullout

Some of the best sport climbing cliffs = Black Corridor, The Gallery and Wall of Confusion are here.

Sandstone Quarry

Mostly sport climbing routes with longer approaches.

Best cliffs = Holiday Wall, The Trophy and Sonic Youth Wall.

Multi-Pitch, Traditional Climbing Areas

Icebox Canyon

Mostly 1-pitch routes

Pine Creek Canyon

Dark Shadows Wall has excellent rock but make sure to bring 2 ropes to get off these routes.

Oak Creek Canyon

Multiday routes. Some of the best routes at Red Rock are here. Long approaches and some require third-class scrambling to reach.

Black Velvet Canyon

The most famous and classic routes at Red Rock are here.

Not too bad of approach hikes. Rough dirt roads, but don’t require 4WD.



Other Climbing Areas Nearby

Christmas Tree Pass

Within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Rock is quartz monzonite. Majority of routes are bolt-protected slabs.

Saint George

There are quite a few small crags around Saint George which is about 2 hours north of Las Vegas.

Crawdad Canyon is 17 miles north of Saint George and hs lots of sport climbs and a huge swimming pool.

Check out Snow Canyon State Park and the Chuckwalla Wall.

Joshua Tree

Only 4 hours south of Las Vegas.

There are more routes here than in any other climbing area in the country.

Virgin River Gorge

Located just north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 in Arizona.

Limestone area with lots of hard routes.

Guidebook – Rock Climbing Arizona


Less than 3 hours north of Las Vegas in Zion National Park.

Lots of big-wall routes and canyoneering trips.

Guidebook – Rock Climbing Utah

Have a great adventure vacation and enjoy rock climbing in Nevada!  And be safe in all of your adventure sports!

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