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Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyons

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by david giusti, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. david giusti

    david giusti Low-Roller

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    I am heading out to Vegas in October and with the rise in rental car prices I am wondering if its possible to do both in a day. It will likely be the first day arriving in Vegas from the east coast so I will more than likely be up and ready to go by 6am. I see its 25 minutes to Red Rock from the strip and about an hour to Valley of fire from the strip. Im not planning to do a long hike at either probably just go do a short 30-60 minute hike and then leave. Do you think this is possible? Would you plan to spend more time at one than the other?
     
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    I would not do both in one day. Both are well worth it.

    I would do RRC first one day, and VOF on another day, and from VOF go back via the "long way" around Lake Mead and stop in to those various little turn-offs as you approach the city.

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    Yes, its easy to do both, especially if you're not planning more than two hours total of hiking. I would spend additional time at VOF
     
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    While I agree with @dmr. You could possibly do both in a single day. I think Valley of Fire has a bunch of shorter but really nice hikes. Red Rock Canyon you could possibly do just as a drive through on the scenic loop.
     
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    You could do them both in one day but you’d be short changing yourself at both of them. These are two of the premiere sights in southern NV (even better than casinos!). Take the time to enjoy them justly and don’t short change yourself.
     
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    If you just want to check them off the "been there" list, both in one day is totally doable. I wouldn't recommend it, though.

    If you insist on doing both the same day, I'd suggest Red Rock Canyon first or else it will be like visiting Bellagio before Harrah's.
     
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    I used to say that RRC is the warm-up act for VOF, and to an extent it's true. The truth is, both are very scenic and both are worthwhile to visit. RRC is closer to Las Vegas, but VOF is maybe a 45 minute or so drive, depending on traffic.
     
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    I guess with all this being said what are the best short hikes at Valley of Fire or Red Rock
     
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    Both in a day makes for a lot of driving, plus you may feel rushed. I would recommend separate days, even through the rental cars are high now, they may drop by October.
     
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    If you’re a Costco member, book with them, as they usually have the best prices, and the prices sometimes fluctuate downwards.
     
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    Plenty of good short hikes at Red Rock. We particularly like Ice Box Canyon:
    https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/ice-box-canyon/

    If you have more time and are feeling adventurous try the White Rock Mountain Loop: https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/white-rock-la-madre-spring-loop/

    Here’s info on all Red Rock Canyon hikes:
    https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/lasvegas/hikes-trails/

    Wear good solid shoes and take plenty of water on any hike!
     
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    I agree that I’ve Box Canyon is a great shortish hike at Red Rock, but I would also recommend Calico Tanks. Can’t go wrong with either and make sure to bring a camera. You’ll want to take many pics.
     
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