Turtlehead Peak is a steep 6,000-foot limestone mountain in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. After a strenuous hike and some scrambling over rocks to get to the top, the resulting view is incredible, with the wide open Mojave Desert, the Las Vegas Strip, and Lake Mead within sight.
This is not a casual walk in the park for a Las Vegas tourist looking for something different. It's only about 4.5 miles round trip, but the dry heat of the desert and the steepness of the incline should rule this out if you do not have proper shoes and plenty of water. The trail is not easy to follow and is marked in only a couple of places. It's all worth it for the stunning views from the top, and the chance to write your name on the log of those who made it there.
This photo was taken on a rare overcast day in southern Nevada, and the clouds added to the drama of the canyon.
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Hiking Red Rock Canyon
Head west out of Las Vegas to Red Rock Canyon, about 15 miles outside of town.
Skip the Visitors’ Center: the trail map provided upon entry provides detailed descriptions of the hiking trails, which vary in length and difficulty. Pick a trail, grab your picnic lunch (and water!) and go. The scenery is stunning and you might spy wild horses, eagles, coyotes or sheep.
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While in Las Vegas for the Christmas period, we decided to go out to Red Rock Canyon! WOW what a great place to see, our day was beautiful so we could see the distant mountains and valleys. If ever you are in Vegas give the outdoors achance, you will not regret it.
Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area is only a 20 minute drive West of Las Vegas, NV. Located in the Spring Mountain Range, this 15 mile Loop is a must drive, preferably in a Convertible. Scenery changes every few miles in this vast desert landscape. Roadside pull over areas have trails and breathtaking views.