Red Rock Canyon
are only two ways to get into
the part of Red Rock
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.
The 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
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.