Summary: If you've lived in Las Vegas a while, you may remember when we could drive all the way to Oak Creek, camp, and still have solitude. Those days are long gone but fortunately, you can still enjoy Oak Creek by hoof or by foot. Most hiking guides will lead you to Oak Creek via the scenic loop road/pkg. area. This is fine if you prefer a shorter hike that drops you right to the creek. This description is the route that horses take and leads you through the lower canyon & creek. The trail is normally hot & dusty June - Aug so begin early & watch for snakes. I've written this up as a loop trail by crossing at the lower canyon, joining another good trail & riding around the small hill, back down into the canyon. You will surely enjoy the brilliant red soil & cliffs in the "hidden" canyon (great picnic/rest area). Horses have the right of way but many don't respect it so beware.
Trailhead: Red Rock Canyon is located 18 miles W of Las Vegas Blvd. on Charleston Ave. (SR 159). Go past the entry (fee) station/visitor's center and continue 2 mi. further on SR159. You will NOT be entering the fee area or the scenic loop. Please note that these driving/parking directions are intended for trucks pulling horse trailers. Vehicles without trailers can use the park's interior scenic loop and park at the signed Oak Creek parking area (past Pine Creek pkg) and follow signs - making this a shorter hike. The large pullout along SR 159 (located at scenic loop EXIT) with the horse corral is intended for horse trailer parking ONLY - not cars. You'd better park your truck/trailer facing out though because cars tend to park in front and block your access. When you begin your ride/hike from the parking area, you'll be crossing the paved scenic loop road (at EXIT) and taking the well worn trail to join the old jeep trail (2 track) towards Oak Creek (away from SR 159). (Lat:36.115 Lon:-115.44788)
Trail Guides for Oak Creek (horse trail):
Keystone Hiking Trails Information
by BLM - Red Rock NCA (BLM - Red Rock NCA)
Hiking Around Las Vegas
by Jim Boone (Jim L. Boone)
The Hikers Guide to Nevada
by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Press - Montana)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Red Rock (BLM) ranger at entry to NCA (fee station) 702-515-5950
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted 86 other hikes on this site
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