Redstone Dune Trail and Picnic Area - Lake Mead National Recreation Area

by Troy Webb

While traveling through Nevada, we took some time to visit the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Our adventures took us to several unique locations throughout the recreation area, including the Redstone Dune Trail. This easy, family-friendly hike meanders its way through the desert landscape and provides views of beautiful red sandstone outcroppings.

Redstone Dune Trail and Picnic Area - Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The Trail

As you set out on the Redstone Dune Trail, you'll immediately discover the beautiful red sandstone outcroppings surrounding you. This family friendly 0.5-mile loop trail winds through the desert landscape, providing stunning views of surrounding mountains and valleys. As you trek along the trail, keep an eye out for various wildlife species, including bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, and numerous bird species.

One of the Redstone Dune Trail's unique features is the shifting sands covering the ground in many areas. These sands create a constantly changing landscape, making each hike along the trail an incredible experience. If you're lucky to visit after a rainfall, you'll be treated to a magnificent display of wildflowers in bloom.

Geological Formation

Over 140 million years ago, a vast desert of loose sand dunes covered the Redstone Dune Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Over the years, the sand grains compacted and cemented through the lithification process to form hard sandstone. The unique rock formations on the trail resulted from this transformation, with sandstone layers exhibiting various colors, ranging from deep red to orange and beige.

Redstone Dune Trail and Picnic Area - Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Besides their visual appeal, these formations have significant geological value. They provide insight into the area's geological history and the forces that shaped it over millions of years. When hiking along the trail, take the time to appreciate the intricate beauty of these natural wonders and contemplate the fascinating history behind their formation.


The trail head offers a large parking area, restrooms, and picnic tables. These tables are perfect for a picnic lunch or snack in a serene and picturesque environment. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, you can relax and refuel, enjoying the views, peace, and quiet.

Redstone Dune Trail and Picnic Area - Lake Mead National Recreation Area


The Redstone Picnic Area has no running water available. Be sure to bring plenty of water for you, your family, and your pets. If visiting in the summer months, please be aware the daytime temperatures can get as high as 120 degrees. Always wear a hat, sunscreen, and share your itinerary with loved ones.


Your pets are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times. Remember, your pets have an extra layer (Fur) and will get hot much faster than you. Please keep this area clean and beautiful. Clean up after your pets.

We hope you enjoyed this outdoor adventure. We don’t share our adventures to brag, but to inspire you to get outdoors and explore the natural beauty in your area. If you love the outdoors like we do, and enjoy bringing the outdoors into your home or cabin, browse our full line of outdoor, nature - inspired decor.

Redstone Dune Trail and Picnic Area - Lake Mead National Recreation Area


From Overton, Nevada, travel approximately 17 miles to the entrance of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. From the entrance, travel approximately 27 miles on the North Shore road to the trail head parking lot.


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