Red Rock’s Adventure Spa

Leave the casino for some fresh air? What a concept

By: Anne Burke

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The pool at Red Rock Casino.
Las Vegas gets about 300 days of sunshine a year. For the most part, however, the big hotels don’t want you spending too much time in it (unless you’re lounging poolside and slinging back $14 mai tais). Those glittering behemoths on the Strip make money by keeping guests, and their credit cards fully occupied indoors, not out.

But Red Rock Casino Resort a new addition to the Vegas megaresort landscape does things differently. This billion-dollar hotel, located in northwest Las Vegas within striking distance of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, actually encourages guests to give the slots and blackjack a rest and get out into the fresh air to enjoy the spectacular desert scenery. The hotel will even give guests a nudge out the door by fixing them up with gear and guides.

Red Rock calls this aspect of the hotel its “Adventure Spa.” The name conjures images of floating down the Colorado River while getting a Thai massage, or sweating out last night’s excesses in a Native American steam hut. The Adventure Spa in fact offers neither. It’s simply Red Rock Casino’s way of helping hotel guests take advantage of the fabulous array of close-by outdoor activities in southern Nevada, from biking and hiking in nearby Red Rock Canyon to kayaking on Lake Mead or rafting on the Colorado River.

The “spa” enters into the picture after guests return to the hotel, exhausted but exhilarated and ready to reward themselves with a rubdown or hot-stone massage in Red Rock Casino’s 35,000-square-foot spa.

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Biking in the Red Rock
National Conservation Area.
“Our whole concept is, in the morning, I’ll take you out and beat you up and bring you back to the hotel. Then the massage therapist will make you all soft and squishy and the salon can make you beautiful and you can go out and party all night long,” said David Bert, who runs the Adventure Spa.

Bert is the ace up the Adventure Spa’s sleeve. Many concierges at Strip hotels have passing familiarity with outdoorsy day-trip destinations, but Bert really knows his stuff. This longtime Las Vegan is an enthusiastic and respected Southern Nevada outdoors-man. For many years he has hosted Nevada Public Radio’s outdoor-themed “Along the Way” program, which is how the management at Red Rock Casino came to know him.

If you give Bert a few parameters about your client fitness level, favorite activity and time horizon Bert will suggest a suitable adventure. For those who want to see Red Rock Canyon on foot, one of Bert’s favorite outings is an easy-to-moderate hike of about 2½ miles through Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, an oasis set among cottonwood trees beneath colorful sandstone cliffs. For clients with more time and energy, Bert might suggest a 6½-mile loop trail that takes hikers through pinion forest and past Native American rock art.

Bert leads some group hikes himself. For the most part, however, guides and transportation are supplied by outside vendors or agencies. Most Red Rock Canyon hikes, for example, are led by the knowledgeable staff of the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association.

One of the advantages to booking outdoors-minded clients at Red Rock Casino is the proximity to Red Rock Canyon. This Mojave Desert wonderland of rust-colored sandstone cliffs, spiny yucca and manzanita is just six miles from the hotel. A bicycle path that leads into Red Rock Canyon runs past the hotel. The Adventure Spa will arrange for rentals of mountain or road bikes.

Despite the easy access to Red Rock Canyon, the Adventure Spa’s most popular outing is an early-morning expedition to Lake Mead and the Colorado River for hiking, soaking in hot springs and kayaking, Bert said.

CONTACT

Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
www.redrocklasvegas.com
Adventure Spa Cost: $83-$175, depending on activity. Inquire about commission opportunities.

Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association
www.redrockcanyonlv.org

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
www.nv.blm.gov/redrockcanyon

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