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Red Rock Canyon Driving Directions
There are only two ways to get into the part of Red Rock Canyon that is served by the Visitors Center. Depending one where you are starting one route is better than another. For example, if you are coming from North Las Vegas, you would want to the West Charleston route. There are now several ways to get to the West Charleston or Highway 159 in Las Vegas. The most efficient way to get there is to use as much of the Beltway and Summerlin Pkwy as possible to get as far west before turning towards Charleston. Currently, I-215 is as far west as any north south street crosses Charleston.

red rock mapThe most common in-town route is to take Charleston Blvd. west until you get there because Charleston turns into, past I-215, Highway 159. From Charleston Blvd. and Interstate 15, the drive is about 15 miles due west. The traffic can be serious in many spots along Charleston Blvd as this is one of the busier streets in Las Vegas during business hours. Those 15 miles can take up to 45 minutes.

The other way to get there is more efficient if you are departing from the far south end of Las Vegas, from Henderson , or you want to go to Blue Diamond first.

From Las Vegas, drive south on any of the major streets such as Decatur Blvd. and Rainbow Blvd., or drive south on Interstate 15. These will take you to Highway 160, better known locally as Blue Diamond Road. When you get to Blue Diamond Road, turn west. When you get the Blue Diamond cut-off, (Highway 159), turn north. The intersection is well marked and you should keep your eye out for it after about 10 to 15 miles, depending on where you started from. This route used to be adventurous in the sense that you were definitely out of the city. Since 2000 the area in the south part of the Las Vegas Valley has grown tremendously and this stretch of highway is quite busy and becoming 'sub'-urbanized almost up to the Red Rock turnoff. It is nice to have a gas station and convenience store at the cutoff however as there are only limited facilities in Blue Diamond.


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