Hiking First Creek Waterfall Trail at Red Rock Canyon
First Creek Canyon is a short easy 2-mile hike that ends up at a waterfall that flows year-round. It is located outside of The Red Rock Canyon scenic drive so it is easier to get to than most hikes inside of Red Rock.
The hike itself is over a wide flat trail with no scrambling which makes it a popular trail for families and pets. Along the hike, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Rainbow Mountains at Red Rock Canyon and you might even bump into a wild bureau or two.
How to get to First Creek Waterfall Trail
To get there just drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159. The First Creek trailhead is on the West side of State Highway 159 between the Spring Mountain Ranch and the Oak Creek trailhead about 3 miles south of the entrance to Red Rock Canyon scenic drive.
Hiking First Creek Waterfall Trail
Walk through the gate and follow the path up and out of the wash. Head towards the Rainbow Mountains and continue to follow the main path until you hear water. The trail will take you to a crossing right above the waterfall.
To get a better view of the falls just follow the path that runs next to the water about 100 feet or so until you see an embankment that will allow you to get down to the water. Scramble over several boulders until the waterfall is in sight.
You will also have the option to continue hiking past the waterfall if you want but it does involve quite a bit more scrambling and the difficulty level increases the closer you get to the actual canyon.
This trail is a little more family-friendly than others at Red Rock Canyon since it is flat and easy to navigate. But with most other trails in the area, there is little shade so bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes.
Also, since this trail is outside of the scenic loop there is no entry fee required so this trail can be quite popular at times and parking can be limited.
About The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Located in southern Nevada, about 20 miles from Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern Nevada. The area is a favorite among locals and tourists alike for its stunning red rock formations and hiking trails.
In addition to hiking, visitors to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area can also enjoy the picturesque 13-mile scenic drive with pull-offs and picnic areas. Right outside the park are opportunities for horseback riding and mountain biking.