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Willow Springs Road
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Willow Springs Road
Willow Springs Road
Scenic Loop Road at Willow Springs Road (view W)

Overview

Willow Springs Road is a 0.6-mile paved spur-road in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area that connects the Scenic Loop Road with the Lost Creek Trailhead, the Willow Springs Trailhead, and Rocky Gap Road.

Willow Springs Road provides access to the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area, La Madre Mountain Wilderness Area, numerous hikes, some good birdwatching, and lots of grand scenery with a variety of desert vegetation types.

Link to road map.

Willow Springs
Start of Willow Springs Road (view NW)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ...this is a fairly safe road. Lost Creek is a 15-mph zone, so drive carefully and watch for pedestrians crossing the road.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. If the parking lots are full, drive on and plan to come back some other time; don't flatten more vegetation with your car. Also, even though this road is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Hiking Essentials.

Getting to Willow Springs Road

From Las Vegas, drive out West Charleston Blvd to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Pay the fee and drive around the one-way Scenic Loop Road for 7.2 miles to Willow Spring Road, on the right, and which is 0.5 miles past Mile Marker 7.

Willow Springs
Descending towards Lost Creek Trailhead, on the left (view NW)

The Road

From the Scenic Loop Road (Table 1, Site 0526), Willow Springs Road turns right and runs northwest. The road runs up over a low hill, then drops gradually to Lost Creek Trailhead, on the left at 0.2 miles out. Watch carefully for pedestrians stepping into the crosswalk from behind bushes on the right.

Continuing, the road parallels Red Rock Wash, on the left, as the canyon bends lightly to the right. Shortly, the picnic area is visible on the right. The road passes the lower restroom (accessible) facility, then arrives at the main Willow Springs Picnic Area. The pavement ends at the Willow Springs Trailhead, about 0.6 miles out. There are many picnic tables (some under the cottonwood trees) and another restroom facility. The actual spring is under the trees near the edge of the cliffs.

Technically, Willow Spring Road continues as a very rough dirt road, however, the name changes to Rocky Gap Road. Most hikers stop near the end of the pavement.

Willow Springs
Approaching Lost Creek Trailhead; note 15 mph zone (view NW)
Willow Springs
Lost Creek Trailhead (view NW)
Willow Springs
Continuing up Willow Springs Road (view NW)
Willow Springs
Approaching Willow Springs Picnic Area (view NW)
Willow Springs
Willow Springs Picnic Area, near lower restroom (view NW)
Willow Springs
Willow Springs Picnic Area (view NW)
Willow Springs
Main Restroom in Willow Springs Picnic Area (view NW)
Willow Springs
Willow Springs Road at the end of the pavement (view NW)

Returning Down the Road

Willow Springs
Departing the main picnic area (view SE)
Willow Springs
Lower Restroom (accessible) facility (view SE)
Willow Springs Road
Restroom at Lost Creek Trailhead (view SE)
Willow Springs
Willow Springs Road at Scenic Loop Road (view SE)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0181 Willow Springs Picnic Area 635136 4002648 36.16098 115.49765 4,575 Yes
0526 Scenic Loop Rd at Willow Spr Rd 635898 4002111 36.15603 115.48927 4,441 Yes
0527 Lost Creek Trailhead 635573 4002262 36.15744 115.49285 4,474 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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