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Newly opened Far Hills bridge allows access to trails

A new bridge opened in the far western side of the Las Vegas valley. It's not for cars, but for hikers and bicyclists.

A ceremony Wednesday marked the opening of the new Far Hills bridge at Far Hills Avenue and the 215 beltway. The bridge allows walkers and bicyclists to safely and conveniently get to trails in the area.

The bridge also allows access to a new parking lot at the Hualapai Trailhead. The 12-space parking lot gives people easier access to trails.

The bride is part of a network of trials that will eventually connect throughout the entire Las Vegas valley. 

Crews Creating Parking Lot for Recreational Trail

Construction will start Monday on a new parking lot for a recreational trail in the Summerlin area.

The lot will be on the east side of Hualapai Way, mid-way between the intersections of Alta and Town Center drivers.

Crews will be closing the east shoulder lane throughout the project, which will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The lot will make it easier for people to use the nearby recreational trail. 

Red Rock Canyon Open House Planned for Thursday

Red Rock Canyon Open House Planned for Thursday

Officials at Red Rock Canyon want the public's input on plans to change and improve the conservation area.

The Bureau of Land Management will host an open house at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Red Rock Visitor Center classroom.

The BLM will be discussing proposed changes to the scenic drive and other areas of the area, including a new low-water crossing near Sandstone Quarry, new power connections to the Red Rock Fire Station and campground. There are also plans for a new water distribution system at the campground.

Those interested in attending the open house can get into the area for free by telling the attendant at the fee booth, along the scenic loop, they are going to the open house.

Red Rock Canyon Expected to be Busy Over Holiday Weekend

Red Rock Canyon Expected to be Busy Over Holiday Weekend

The holiday weekend is expected to be busy one at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The most congested times are expected to be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the agency said.

If the vehicle traffic gets too high, the BLM will close down the 13-mile scenic drive. Normally, it is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the road is closed, signs will be posted along State Route 159. Visitors can also call (702) 515-5350 to see if the loop is open.

The visitor center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the rest of the week. 

City Crews Moving Ahead with Trail Construction

Work is underway to complete two new portions of Phase 3 of the Bonanza Trail.

The new project includes a new trail connection at Torrey Pines Drive and U.S. 95. There will also be new restrooms and a shade structure where the trail meets Torrey Pines.

Crews will also be improving the connection to the trail at Bill Briare Family Park. Earlier work on the trail already connected Bill Briare Family Park to Kellog-Zaher Sports Complex.

Work on the projects are expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2014.

The projects are part of an effort by the city to construct 239 miles of trials that interconnect to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the northwest part of the valley, downtown Las Vegas and out to the eastern neighborhoods.

BLM Accepting Applications for Climbing Permits at Red Rock

BLM Accepting Applications for Climbing Permits at Red Rock

The Bureau of Land Management is now taking applications for Guest Climbing Special Recreation Permits for Red Rock Canyon for next year.

The permits are for commercial guides and rock climbing education businesses. There are four educational and eight commercial permits available.

The permits are handed out through a lottery system, if the BLM gets more applications than available permits.

Companies interested in getting the permits need to send a completed application by September 30 to the Red Rock/Sloan Field office at HCR 33, Box 5500, Las Vegas, 89161.

Those selected to get the permits will be notified by October 31.


Red Rock Campground Back Open

Red Rock Campground Back Open

The Red Rock Canyon campground is back open for the fall and winter season, the Bureau of Land Management announced.

The campground closes down during the summer months because so few people use the area during the extreme heat of a southern Nevada summer.

It is the only developed campground in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and includes 71 individual campsites and seven group campsites.

Individual sites are $15 per-site, per-night and group campsites are $40 per-site, per-night. Reservations are required and can be made through the BLM at (702) 515-5371 or at rrc_reservations@blm.gov.

Fire restrictions are in place. Campfires and/or charcoal barbecues are not allowed. Those restrictions are usually lifted in late September or early October.