Red Rock Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, January 25, 2025 • Las Vegas, NV • Course Map

Seemingly every hue of red, orange and burnt earth colors surround you as you run along the Scenic Canyon Road for the Red Rock Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which takes place in the national conservation area by the same name about a half-hour’s drive to the west of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Encompassing more than 179,000 acres, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is one of Nevada’s (and the Southwest’s) true geological treasures, with majestic red sandstone formations, sheer 1,800-ft. cliffs and several mountains, including Mount Wilson, Rainbow Mountain and Indecision Peak.

The park, which sees more than a million visitors each year, is set up perfectly for a half-marathon as its Scenic Canyon Road, which begins at the Visitor Center, follows a 13-mile course through many of the park’s most scenic and memorable vistas.

Las Vegas Featured Half Marathon

The course is paved throughout the entire race, and features some fairly big changes in elevation — it starts at 3,880 feet above sea level and reaches a peak of 4,771 feet around the half-way point in the race, before descending again in the second half of the race toward the finish.

The half marathon starts about 2 miles from the visitor center and follows a gradual uphill in its first 6 miles toward the summit overlook area, between White Rock Hills and Turtlehead Mountain. After the half-way point, the race begins a steep downhill (what race organizers say is a “screaming downhill”) along the scenic road toward the finish line.

Because no parking is available at the race start & finish line areas, runners will be transported by bus from a pickup area in Las Vegas (the Boca Park shopping village, across the street from the event’s host hotel, the Suncoast Hotel and Casino).

The course will remain open to car traffic during the race, and the lane for runners will be marked by cones.

Near the entrance to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada. (Photo by U.S. Bureau of Land Management/flickr)

Near the entrance to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada. (Photo by U.S. Bureau of Land Management/flickr)

Awards & Accolades

We named the Red Rock Canyon Marathon one of the Best Winter Marathons.

We named the Red Rock Canyon Marathon one of the Hardest Marathons in the US.

Race Weather & Climate

Set in the sands of Nevada’s Mojave Desert and surrounded by mountains, Las Vegas is well-known for its arid climate with plenty of summer heat and little to no rain. The middle weeks of winter, however, bring much milder and cooler weather.

On the day of the race (Jan. 25), the average low is 40°F and the average high is 58°F.

Past Results

Red Rock Canyon Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:45 AM – full marathon
  • 7:30 AM – half marathon
  • 8:15 AM – 5K


  • $85 – $110 for the half marathon
  • $105 – $130 for the full marathon
  • $45 – $60 for the 5K

Red Rock Canyon Marathon Registration

To reserve your spot in any of the races at the 2025 running of Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at here.

Red Rock Canyon Marathon Official Race Website

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6 comments… add one
  • Thomas Stokes October 9, 2019, 7:31 pm

    Good evening.
    This looks like a very fine venue for multiple distances.
    Is the full marathon 2 loops of the 13 mile road ?
    Trying to decide if I want to do the half or full marathon.
    Tom Stokes

  • charlene Peequaquat October 23, 2018, 5:20 pm

    just wanted the results of the 10k marathon that took place this past weekend. october 21, 2018

  • John Clinton August 14, 2017, 12:22 pm

    Is the course run on highways and roads? Is there any dirt on concrete?

  • Laura E. Sosa September 28, 2016, 9:31 pm

    can I sign up a team and if so how many members

  • Marcus Ekdahl February 24, 2015, 12:07 am

    For the Red Rock Canyon Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is the one hotel thats entioned on the website for picking up runners the only pickup location in Vegas or are there multiple pickup locations at other resorts?

    Also, how long is the bus ride to the run? Is there still time to sign up?


  • Elaina Smith February 16, 2015, 8:11 pm

    we would like to bin on portable needs for the race/marathon.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you
    Elaina Smith 775-764-0502


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