Sandstone Quarry Trail, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
Length 0.1 mi. one way
Type of trail Out and back
Trail width 107 inches
Surface Compact soil and soft loose gravel
Elevation gain 10 ft. on return
Maximum grade 8.7%
Typical grade 3.7%
Maximum cross slope 15.2%
Typical cross slope 2.5%
Obstacles Loose gravel trail surface
Accessible Features Smelly vault toilet
The Sandstone Quarry trail is a short (475 ft.) trail accessed from the thirteen-mile Scenic Drive. The Scenic Drive is accessed from Nevada Route 159 at the Red Rock Visitor Center and there is an entrance fee. There is a large paved parking lot. This trail is very popular because it provides easy access to red rock formations for exploring and climbing and provides access to other trails. Because this trail is accessed from the Scenic Drive, reservations are now required during peak visitation season, October through May. Here is info about the reservation system: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/Nevada-Red-Rock-Timed_Entry_Q_and_A.pdf
The trail surface is mostly compacted gravel with protruding rocks and with a minimum of 60 inches in width. The formal trail ends at the old quarry where there is an interpretive sign. Approaching the quarry destination, the trail consists of very loose gravel. This writer’s electric scooter got stuck in the gravel in the trail. Social trails continue in several directions providing access to the quarry and sandstone outcrops. However, there is no “accessible” access to help those with disabilities get onto sandstone outcrops.
Trail assessment of this and other trails in southern Nevada was funded by the Federal Highway Administration through a Recreational Trails Program grant to Get Outdoors Nevada and Trail Access Project, administered by Nevada Division of State Parks.
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