The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center is run by the Bureau of Land Management. It costs
$7.00 to get in to the
Visitor Center and you get to take the 13
mile scenic drive though the north part of the park. A season pass is
$30.00 and is good for one year.
Visitor Center has knowledgeable volunteers, who will assist you and answer any questions that you may have. There are
excellent multi-media exhibits worth looking at. These exhibits show the geological evolution of Red Rock Canyon and some of the old west history of the place. There is also a small gift shop where you can buy books, maps, hats and other things relating to Red Rock Canyon.
This is a good place to find out which trails are best for the time that you are
there, or if there are any upcoming events.
The Visitors Center also has a weather station on its grounds which reports to
the local media about the weather conditions at Red Rock.
The phone number is 702.515.5350 if you need to call them for specific events
The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center
Desert Tortoise Habitat
on the west and southwest part of the compound. In 1989, the Desert Tortoise, was
placed on the endangered species list. The Desert Tortoise is
considered an 'indicator species'. This means that the success or demise of this species
indicates the 'health' of the desert environment. Like a canary in a mine, when the Tortoises die out, the environment has become unhealthy for all of its inhabitants.
Besides the environmental implications of the extinction of the Desert Tortoise, it would be a shame if a species that has been around since before the dinosaurs, would be wiped out by pollution or some other man made disaster to the environment. The implications are scary. If the Tortoise can survive for hundreds of millions of years and the event which caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, but it can not survive our society, what does that mean about us and our future?