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Best Trail Running in America: Las Vegas, NV (White Rock Loop)

Unbeknownst to many, Las Vegas is home to some of the greatest climbing, biking, and running in the entire country. A mere 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip sits Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Mohave Desert landscape with looming sandstone cliffs and miles of single track trails that weave in and out and around the canyons, offering stunning views at every turn. If you’re lucky you may even spot some wildlife, including bighorn sheep, burros, and Desert Tortoise in the 195,819 acres of conservation area.

White Rock Loop is one of Red Rock Canyon’s most beautiful and busiest trails. On the 6.3 mile loop around the White Rock Hills you’ll encounter forested areas of singleleaf pinyon pine, Utah Juniper, desert shrub, and cactus. Trails are well maintained and well marked. If you’re looking for a more solitary experience try hitting up the trail on a weekday.

Route Summary:

  • Distance – 6.3 Miles
  • Elevation – 1,186 Feet
  • Difficulty – Intermediate
  • Condition – Very Good
  • Route Finding – Moderate

Start/Finish:

Take the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop to the White Rock Trailhead, which will be on your right about half way through the loop. (A daily fee of $7 is required to drive the Scenic Loop or get in free with an America the Beautiful Annual Pass). There is a lower overflow parking lot or drive up the gravel road to the upper lot. Typically, most runners and hikers go counterclockwise.

White Rock Loop Red Rock Canyon Trail Running Map

White Rock Loop Red Rock Canyon Trail Running Elevation Map

Points of Interest:

Running up the canyon, the road passes ancient kitchen sites (agave roasting pits) and eventually crosses Red Rock Wash. Also, pictographs are found on the sandstone walls in the Willow Springs Trailhead area.

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About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast for over sixteen years, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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