Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Byway
In Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
The Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Byway is a 13-mile long one-way paved loop road that is shared with bicyclists. The route is generally open from 6 am to 5 pm every day with longer hours in the summer. The route passes through some spectacular scenery in Red Rocks Canyon with parking allowed at designated pullouts and parking areas. These designated stopping points also allow reasonably easy access to sightseeing, photography and hiking trails. You'll find red and cream colored sandstone formations, desert wildlife, petroglyphs and waterfalls along the route. Be careful, though, there may be rocks and debris that have fallen on the roadway from the overhanging cliffs...
Red Rock Canyon Road is the Scenic Byway that you'll use to access the Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Byway. Most of the length of this route is within the boundaries of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It's along this route that you'll find Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a fee demonstration project where a $5 fee per vehicle is collected at the entrance to the byway. All money collected remains at the site and is used for improvements.