The startling contrast between Las Vegas' artificial neon glow and the awesome natural forces found here can't be exaggerated. Created about 65 million years ago, the canyon is more like a valley, with a steep, rugged red rock escarpment rising 3000ft on its western edge, dramatic evidence of tectonic-plate collisions. A 13-mile, one-way scenic drive passes some of the canyons most striking features, where you can access hiking trails and rock-climbing routes, or simply be mesmerized by the vistas.

Day Trips & Excursions activity

Red Rock Canyon Tour

$80

Before beginning the one-way scenic drive, first stop at the visitor center for its natural-history exhibits and information on hiking trails, rock-climbing routes and 4WD routes.