Nevada's premier climbing destination is the Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area. Red Rocks was created in 1990 and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The conservation area only protects 10,000 acres, but that land is vitally important to local desert wildlife. The large mountains and narrow canyons provide lush, isolated habitats with reliable water supplies.
The main feature in Red Rocks is the large cliff band that lines the center of the conservation area. The cliffs, formed by the Keystone Thrust Fault, rise dramatically from the desert floor to a height of 8,154 feet.
Known as the "Yosemite of the desert", Red Rocks is famous worldwide for its adventurous rock climbing in late fall, winter, and early spring. Rock climbing development first began in the early 1960's, and has grown to provide a stunning array of difficult sport climbing and massive, multi-pitch trad routes. Because of concerns over excessive climbing bolt protection throughout Red Rocks, the BLM has currently outlawed additional bolt route development. The fine art of trad climbing however, is as vibrant as ever.