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

Overview

White Rock Road is a dirt spur-road in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area that connects the Scenic Loop Road with the White Rock Trailhead at the southeast toe of the White Rock Hills and a few minutes walk from White Rock Spring.

The road is about 0.6 miles long and fairly rough, but suitable for carefully driven sedans.

White Rock Road provides access to the 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.

White Rock Road
Start of White Rock Road (view N)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ...this is a fairly safe drive except that careless drivers could scrape the bottom of their car on rocks. Drive slowly and avoid the bigger rocks.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. If the parking lot is 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 White Rock Road

From Las Vegas, drive out West Charleston Blvd to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Pay the fee and drive 6.1 miles around the Scenic Loop Road to White Rock Road, on the right.

White Rock Road
White Rock Road (view N)

The Road

From the Scenic Loop Road (Table 1, Site 0525), White Rock Road turns right. The first few yards are paved, and drivers who want to stay off the bumpy dirt road can use the parking area on the left and walk up the road.

White Rock Road is bumpy, but careful driving avoids the worst of the rocks. The road runs north with grand views of the White Rock Hills on the left and the La Madre Mountain Range in the background.

Vegetation in this area is typical of higher-elevation Mojave Desert Scrub as it grades into the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland. Here, the dominant shrub species is Blackbrush, with a nice sprinkling of Mojave Yucca and few other shrubs.

White Rock Road runs north for 0.6 miles to White Rock Trailhead, which serves several hiking trails. A nice, short walk goes down and west to White Rock Spring.

White Rock Road
White Rock Road (view N)
White Rock Road
White Rock Road (view N)
White Rock Road
Approaching the end of White Rock Road (view N)
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White Rock Trailhead parking (view NE)
White Rock Road
More White Rock Trailhead parking (view W)
White Rock Road
Vault toilet with a view (view SE)

Returning Down the Road

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Starting down White Rock Road (view S)
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White Rock Road approaching Scenic Loop Road at (view S)

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
0525 Scenic Loop Rd at White Rock Rd 637238 4003239 36.16600 115.47418 4,664 Yes
0404 White Rock Springs Trailhead 636974 4004062 36.17346 115.47697 4,859 Yes

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