Hiking Turtlehead Peak at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, Nevada

Hiking Turtlehead Peak Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas Nevada

Red Rock Canyon is an amazing gem on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada, 17 miles west of the strip. If you’re like me, you aren’t really into the whole Vegas scene. Red Rock Canyon is perfect for those who are planning a trip to Las Vegas but don’t like partying all that much. And the best hike in all of Red Rock Canyon is a trail called Turtlehead Peak.

Red Rock Canyon offers numerous different hikes once you get into the park. You will definitely need a car to get around because the park is a massive 195,819 acres. And if you are driving, you have your choice of any hike in the entire park. Below is a map of the park with all of the hiking destination options:

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas Map

If you look near the top-center of the map, you will see Turtlehead Peak. This is the trail I hiked, and I am so glad I did. While it is the highest most challenging hike in the park, it has the most beautiful view at the top. Turtlehead Peak is by far the most popular hike in all of Red Rock Canyon.

Hiking Turtlehead Peak at Red Rock Canyon:

If you are anywhere from a moderate to experienced hiker, I highly recommend taking the Turtlehead Peak trail once you get into the park. It is a 4.7 mile mile hike to the summit, with a steep grade near the top. Turtlehead Peak is the hardest hike in the park with the greatest reward – an incredible 360 degree, panoramic scenic view.

Turtlehead Peak Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas Nevada

If I had to rate the hike on a scale of 1 – 10, I would give it about a 6. While it only takes around 3 hours to get to the peak, the final stretch is pretty steep. The total hike took me about 5 hours to complete. If the forecast has clear skies, you should definitely start the hike early in the morning. Hiking up the mountain during the day can be very strenuous, especially with the heat.

Questions or Concerns About Turtlehead Peak at Red Rock Canyon?

Do you have any questions or concerns about the hike? Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries you have.

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