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Visitor Center Trailhead
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Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trailhead during summer (view W)

The Visitor Center Trailhead is located along the Scenic Loop Road in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 30 minutes west of Las Vegas. From town, drive out to Red Rocks. From West Charleston at the Scenic Loop Road (Table 1, Site 519), turn right and drive north for 0.2 miles to the entrance station (Site 855). Pay the fee, then drive forward and turn right onto the Scenic Loop Road.

Drive north towards the Visitor Center, which is visible on the hill ahead. Turn left into the Visitor Center parking area. Park here; this is the trailhead. The trail starts at the southwest corner of the Visitor Center building (facing the building from the parking lot, to the left)

This trailhead provides access to hikes in the Visitor Center and Calico Hills areas, including access to the sandstone cliffs and several miles of relatively flat walking.

Trails: Visitor Center Area Loop Trails, Calico Hills Trail, Entrance Station to Red Spring Trail, Grand Circle Trail, Moenkopi Hill Trail.

Link to trailhead map.

Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trailhead during summer (view W)
Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trailhead during winter (view W)
Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trailhead during summer (view W)
Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trailhead during winter (view W)
Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center Trail sign (view W)
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Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center parking (view SW)
Visitor Center Trailhead
Visitor Center parking (view SW)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (feet) Verified
0389 Visitor Center Parking 36.13514 115.42608 641621 3999884 3,790 Yes
0519 Charleston at Scenic Loop Entrance 36.13161 115.42048 642131 3999501 3,681 Yes
0855 Scenic Loop Entrance Station 36.13252 115.42282 641918 3999598 3,682 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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