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"Bring 'em back alive!"

That's the Motto of RRH, and it means the hikes here can be long, can be challenging, but first they are as safe as is reasonable for a region with so much high relief. It's all about being a big strong kid again, and having a nice low-pressure ramble in the Big Blue Room, to the edge of endurance in some cases!

Our hikes typically are 3-8 miles, with hopefully no more than 2000 feet of climb and usually much less. Very often these hikes are entirely cross-country, so they seem longer than they are.

I and the other hike leaders try to make the hike descriptions as direct and accurate as possible, but it is up to the individual to know their limits, and choose hikes that are within their hiking level. This means you. Yes, you. If the hiking's too hard for your level, then train and level up until you can do it! Lots of people do, and the benefits are huge.

Check out the "Pages" for hike ratings (https://www.meetup.com/Red-Rock-Hiking/about/) explained and other goodies for hiking.


Message from John:
My personal goal for every hike is "Bring 'em back alive!"
After that, it's to have a nice moderately paced hike that often goes on all day and can be quite rough sometimes, oy. Of course, "rough" and "spectacular" are often found together...


As volunteer hike leaders, we are here to make sure everyone is guided on the particular trail and is accounted for in general. We all come onto the trail together, and we all leave together. Hiking with us is like hiking with friends. When we’re on trail, we work as a team, and never leave anyone behind. If we notice people are getting too far ahead or behind, we make sure we stop regularly, regroup, and continue on trail together. In the end, we are a hiking group, and while it is ultimately up to the individual to keep oneself safe, it is up the group to stay together.


There are no dues for membership, period.

However, it does cost $200 per year to maintain a Meetup site (no advertising!) so tips toward that end are appreciated. :)

Upcoming events (1)

Valley of Fire — Red Hell Exploratory

4655 Pioneer Rd

Up to 7 miles, with up to 1500 feet of climbing. Strenuous. Unknown route with unknown difficulties.


This hike is a serious exploratory on the southwestern side of Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The idea is to attempt to work out a reasonable route that threads thru a highly convoluted maze of very large redrock monoliths. It's awesome stuff, but vertical blocks may appear at any point.

The photo shows the terrain just beyond the point of my last scouting penetration into the area. The rocks in that photo will need to be scaled to proceed further.

Theoretically the entire high exploratory route plus the less-difficult low portion will be less than six miles, but scouting terrain like that can easily require much more mileage. Only the stout of heart should join me in this attempt.

Should the quest be successful, I'll arrange an official hike shortly after, to thrill the noob hardcases. If we get blocked and happen to have excess energy to spare, there are several nearby routes that can substitute, oh my yes.


The usual for the winter desert; stout boots, leather gloves, hat, plenty of water (2 bottles), some food.

The Drive:
1.8 hours one way on pavement. Be sure to have a writing pen to fill out the self-pay envelope at the entrance to the park, along with $15 in cash (for Utah residents).

Those in Mesquite can go to Lower Flat Top Exit on I-15, at the Flying J gas station, at about 7:30am Nevada time, and meet the rest of us there. Coming from Vegas you can go to VOF and stop at the Visitor Center. Be there by 8:50am Nevada time, and be sure to inform me that you'll be waiting there..

Meet at 8:00am at Terrible's Chevron at Exit 2 on I-15. The drive to the trailhead is about 1.8 hours.

See you there!


Notice: Meetup organizers are not touring guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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Valley of Fire — Top of the World Arch

Walmart Supercenter

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