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Red Rock Canyon, NV: White Rock Loop

This moderate, 6.2-mile hiking (or running) trail in Red Rock Canyon winds around sandstone and limestone hills with postcard views.

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Start this 6.2-mile loop early in the day to avoid the heat, and follow the old dirt road clockwise from the parking area at the end of Willow Springs (you’ll get the uphill out of the way in the first part of the hike). The old road narrows to singletrack as you approach a surprisingly dense hidden forest of ponderosa pine and junipers. You may spot bighorn sheep, lizards, and an array of birds.

The trail steadily gains elevation as it winds past geological features, sweeping views of La Madre Wilderness, and the crags and peaks of the White Rocks. The rocky, but always well-signed trail tops out around 5,400 feet before descending through sandstone hills to the White Rock parking area. Take in more amazing views of the red-striped Spring Mountains ahead of you before crossing the parking lot.

Continue southwest on the loop through fields of cholla cactus toward Lost Creek. The trail eventually parallels the road into Willow Springs. Stop to check out the ancient Paiute agave roasting pit and petroglyphs. The picnic tables next to the springs are perfect for a post-hike lunch.

-Mapped by Chelise Simmons

To Trailhead

From Las Vegas Strip: I-15 S to 215 W. Exit at Charleston Blvd. (exit 26). Head west 5 miles; turn in at Red Rock Canyon. Park at Willow Springs at the end.

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