Red Rock Is A Must Visit For Seniors


The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area. CNN wrote up the area recently and it rated very high with visitors from all across the country.

Senior visitors discover the unique geologic features and plants and animals of Red Rock that represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. The Red Rock Canyon conservation area is home to a distinctive red sandstone landscape with red sandstone outcroppings everywhere… the scene seems never to be the same.

Senior travelers can enjoy the  colorful formations on a 13-mile scenic loop by car, or by hiking or biking this protected area. Frommer’s notes that if you need a break from the casinos of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is balm for your overstimulated soul.

This is a magnificent unspoiled vista less than 20 miles away from The Strip (and if you must, a morning visit should leave you enough time for an afternoon’s gambling).


Seniors Take The Scenic Drive

You can drive the panoramic 13-mile Scenic Drive (daily 6am-dusk) or explore more in-depth on foot, making it perfect for senior athletes or senior armchair types alike. Senior grandparents, you can bring the grandkids out for a picnic, and possibly get a view of the wild burros that roam the area..

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. Visitors find plenty to see and do with more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas and nature observing, plus a visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from across the United States and many foreign countries. TripAdvisor will take you on-site with nearly 2,000 visitor photos.

One visitor writes “This is just about 20 minutes away from the strip. It’s absolutely beautiful, even on a hot and sticky day! The park opens at 6:30 am. It’s a one-way drive for 13 miles. You pay $7 to enter and can stay as long as you want.

The Red Rock Canyon area is, arguably, the most beautiful area in Nevada—perhaps the southwest. jeb

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