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Redstone Loop Trail


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Destination: Redstone Loop Trail at the Redstone Picnic area.
Distance from Point of Origin: 65 miles.
Estimated (One Way) Travel Time: One hour and 30 minutes.
Directions: The location for this hike is northeast of Las Vegas along Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. From the Stratosphere Casino head northeast on Las Vegas Blvd about 3 miles and turn right to merge onto US-93/95. Go 12.5 miles and Merge onto NV-564 E/W Lake Mead Pkwy via Exit 61B. Heading east on NV-564 (Lake Mead Blvd) go over the mountains (passing between Frenchman Mountain to the south and Sunrise Mountain to the north) to the park entrance station. Pay the entrance fee ($5 per car or an annual pass), and proceed to the T-intersection with Northshore Road (NV Rt 167) and Lakeshore Road (NV Rt 166). Bear left and drive north on Northshore Road (NV 167) for 27 miles to the Redstone Picnic area, which is located at Mile Marker 27. Pull into the picnic area parking lot. Park here; this is the trailhead.

General Description: This is a scenic area where the bright red sandstone outcrops contrast with the gray limestone mountains. This is short 1.6 mile walk is a loop that ends back at the trailhead. It surrounds several red sandstone outcroppings that are reminiscent of those found at Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon. There are several other outcrops in the area, and the views in all directions are spectacular.
Special Attraction or Points of Interest: About a third of the way around the outcrops you will come upon a small arch that makes for some nice picture taking.
Primary Activity: Hiking.
Secondary Activities: Photographing and Rock-hounding.

Elevation: 2,238 – 2,300 feet
Best Time To Visit: Available for visitation and hiking year round, the best time to make this hike would be in the cooler months of Fall, Winter and Spring.
Difficulty: Easy. By itself, this hike would be disappointing as a day’s destination point. This is a short trail that makes a nice stop if you are driving by or through the area; a good place to stop with out-of-town visitors who don't have the time to take a longer hike.
Facilities: There are two bathrooms along the way. Both are pit toilets but well kept.
Estimated Round-trip Time: Four to five hours.
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03/14/2012 Trip Notes: We stopped here with my sister Bonnie and her husband on our way to the Valley of Fire State Park. Paul just loved the rock formations and snapped away non-stop for nearly 40 minutes. Additional pictures to those shown below were added to the slideshow at the bottom of the page. SPECIAL NOTE: I was sad to see that the tree in the picture below titled "Lone Survivor" that was taken on a previous trip appeared to be trampled to death and no longer exists.

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01/20/2011 Trip Notes: I visited the Redstone Loop Trail for the second time on 01/20/2011 on a daytrip with the rock hounds from the Heritage Park Senior Facility. Though I had stopped here before to take pictures from the road, this was the first time I took the time to walk the trail and found it quite interesting.

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Slideshow Description: This slideshow contains 30 pictures taken at various points along the Redstone Loop Trail.