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Las Vegas, NV: Red Rock Canyon, First Creek Trail

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Distance: 1.9 miles


Hit the wilderness jackpot just 30 minutes from the Vegas Strip on this 3.7-mile out-and-back in Red Rock Canyon.
  • Trailhead
  • View of mountains to the south
  • Views north of Calico Basin
  • Mt. Wilson and cholla cactus
  • Waterfall
  • Mt. Wilson (7,068 ft.)
  • Creek
  • View up the canyon
  • Views to the south
  • Fighting bighorn sheep

This easygoing 3.7-miler tracks west through piñon pine and cholla cactus to a creekbed bound by sheer, 6,000-foot sandstone walls. The trail starts with picturesque views of the canyon and surrounding mountains. (Watch for cottontail rabbits, burros, and bighorn sheep.) Follow the well-marked, dirt trail west for a mile, then veer right for a .2-mile off-trail side trip to a shady grotto along the river bed. During spring months, a season waerfall pours down an overhanging ledge.

After taking in the scene, scramble back to the junction and continue west into the canyon. The outbound route ends after a brief rock scramble where the designated trail ends. For additional mileage, continue west into the canyon for rock scrambling and trail blazing.

-Mapped by Chelise Simmons

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