Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas, Nevada
30 miles | 2,210 ft elevation
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is about 20 miles west of The Strip and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The highlight of this route is the 13 miles on Scenic Drive (a one-way road with ample room for passing cars), with its smooth pavement and views of various rock formations. The top of the climb sits around 4,700 feet and offers sweeping views of the desert landscape.
Starting from Las Vegas Cyclery, cross over the freeway and head northwest on the Western Beltway Trail. After 2 miles on the bike path, take Alcova Ridge Drive to W Charleston Blvd, which turns into Red Rock Canyon Road. The next 4.5 miles as you ride towards Red Rock Canyon can sometimes be windy and busy with cars, so ride with caution.
Around mile 8, you will pass through the entrance fee gate and Visitor Center and begin the climb up Scenic Drive towards the hills. For the next 4.5 miles you will ride by red rocks and past several points of interest until you reach High Point Overlook. Be sure to stop and admire the picturesque view and a photo op.
From there it’s mostly downhill, except for a couple punchy spots. Enjoy coasting down the smooth pavement until you reach Hwy 159 (Red Rock Canyon Road) around mile 20. Head east, past the park entrance and back the way you came.

Alternative route option is to park at the Visitor Center and ride the 15-mile loop on Scenic Drive (13 miles) and Hwy 159 (2 miles).
Alternative starting point is from Red Rock Casino Resort if you decide to stay there (see hotel recommendation below).
Hotel Recommendation
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa – this resort is about 15 miles from The Strip and is the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. The rooms are spacious, the pool is fun and there are a ton of great restaurant choices. Easy access to the parking structure makes loading/unloading your bike a breeze (compared to staying somewhere on The Strip), and it’s just a few miles from Red Rock Canyon. There is also a large outdoor mall within walking distance if you want more dining and shopping options.

Pay attention to the weather forecast. It can be very hot (it can feel a lot hotter than you would expect) and during certain months there can be flash flooding. Be prepared and be careful!
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has an entrance fee, whether you arrive by car or bike. Be sure to review the official website for the latest information.
There are limited services (and spotty cell service), so be sure to bring enough water!
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