Camping on the Rocks


When Las Vegans get the urge to pop a tent in nearby nature, they usually think of Mount Charleston. Little do they know there’s a closer, recently improved option: the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Campground.

The campground reopened for cooler-weather business on August 31, following its annual hot-weather closure. Last year, it got an upgrade that added amenities such as shade structures and improved existing ones, such as access to drinking water. Although it’s technically a mixed-use area—meaning tents and RVs together—it has no electrical, water or sewer hookups, so it favors the folks who like to go the primitive route. It does, however, have restrooms, as well as firewood for sale. (Fire restrictions will be in force until late September or early October.)

The site, as you might expect, also offers gorgeous views and access to trails. And it’s a favorite spot for rock climbers from around the world.

Red Rock has 71 individual campsites at $15 apiece, as well as seven group sites that go for $40. To get there, take Charleston Boulevard/Blue Diamond Road west. Turn left (south) on Moenkopi Road. Make your reservations in advance: Call 515-5371 or email


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