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October 27, 2014

Please climb on the rocks: Keyhole Canyon is just 30 minutes away

Inspirada residents love the great outdoors of Southern Nevada, which includes scenic Keyhole Canyon, less than a 30-minute drive from the active Henderson community. Every October, people from across the state visit the canyon for its annual bouldering competition and chili cook-off.

In addition to scenic vistas, Keyhole Canyon boasts Native American rock art of pictographs in red ocre paint and incised petroglyphs. The area features so many exhibit cupules, or dished out circular depressions, that climbers are cautioned to try to stay 100 feet from all rock art.

To learn more about the nearby allure of Keyhole Canyon, just one of many attractions close to the active Henderson community, Inspirada, read Margo Pesek’s review in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

How to Get There: Keyhole Canyon is located south of Boulder City on Highway 95 south. To get to Keyhole, travel south on Highway 95 for roughly 15 miles from the junction of Highway 95 and Highway 93. Watch for a dirt road on the left side of the highway, turn left on the dirt road and follow it for 2.2 miles. After you cross under a set of power lines turn right (south) and travel 1.8 miles to the turnoff for Keyhole Canyon. The turn off for Keyhole will be on your left. A detailed map of how to get to Keyhole Canyon is located in the back of Rock Climbing Red Rocks by Todd Swain.

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