Majestically framing the west side of the valley, Red Rock Canyon is the most notable natural treasure among the Las Vegas community. A Mecca for runners, hikers, cyclists, climbers and tourists, Red Rock's color palette will enchant you while you run this challenging course. Burros, rabbits, and joshua trees augment the canyon scenery for a breathtaking experience.
The Red Rock Marathon is an official Boston Marathon Qualifier!
The Marathon course starts at the EXIT of the paved scenic drive at roughly 3800' elevation. Runners will run against traffic making a left hand turn down a short out and back section on Oak Creek dirt road (total 0.7 mile). Rejoining the scenic drive just after mile 1, runners will continue running against traffic and gradually climbing to the summit overlook at 4771' by mile 8.6. Descending off the overlook you'll cruise the next 4 mile downhill, run up to the Visitors Center (elevation 3740'), make one complete loop around the Visitors' Center the rejoin the scenic drive. Now running with traffic you'll put in some work as you climb back up to the summit overlook at mile 18.4. The course continues over downhill, flat and rolling terrain where you can pick up the pace to the finish line back where you started at the EXIT of the scenic drive.