Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
By Steve Beauregard
The Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa is approximately 18 miles and about a twenty minute drive to the north end of the Las Vegas strip. It’s only about 7 miles as the crow flies, but taking the Las Vegas beltway extends the distance, while making it a faster drive at the same time.
From McCarran International Airport, (which is on the extreme southern end of the Las Vegas Strip), the distance to Red Rock is 17 miles and 18 minutes by car.
Red Rock Resort and Spa is perhaps the fanciest, most elegant, classiest locals’ casino ever built.
And while it’s known as a locals’ casino, its style and amenities attracts more than its share of out-of-town visitors.
Red Rock Resort is part of the Station’s Casino family, which includes joints like Green Valley Ranch, The Fiesta Rancho, and Texas Station, amongst others. Basically if you see a casino with the words, “Fiesta” or “Station” in it, you’ll know it’s a Stations Casino property.
As a side note, the Stations Casino ownership also owns the online poker pioneer, Ultimate Poker. A nice perk of Ultimate Poker is the ability of players to withdrawn their online winnings directly from the cage at any Stations Casino, including the Red Rock.
Some scenes from the cool MIT blackjack team movie, “21” were filmed inside the resort’s casino, and the resort is known for their luxurious pool area and budget-friendly buffet “The Feast.” (Unlike the strip resorts, which can charge a fortune for buffets, the locals casinos have to be price-conscious to attract the year-round residents).
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa Shuttle Schedule to the Strip and McCarran Airport
The resort has a free shuttle both to and from the Las Vegas Strip and the McCarran International Airport. These are for hotel guests only, and you must show your room key to ride.
Each day, there are nine shuttles from the airport to the resort. At the airport, after picking up your bags, you’ll want to go to Ground Zero, which is down the glass elevators from the baggage pickup. There’s not a designated parking spot for the Red Rock shuttle, so just look for the distinctive logo on the side.
The schedule for the shuttle from the airport to the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa is as follows (Note: this applies 7 days a week):
6 am, 8 am, 10 am, Noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, and the last one leaves the airport at 9 pm.
There are only eight shuttles each day that take hotel guests from the Red Rock to McCarran. Apparently they’re more interested in getting you to the casino floor, than they are sending you home. Either way, this complimentary shuttle runs as follows, (again, 7 days a week):
5 am, (yes you read that correctly), 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa Free Shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip
The trip from Red Rock to the Strip takes anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes. It departs from the east valet area, and will drop you off at the Fashion Show Mall, at the valet circle on Fashion Show Drive. The Fashion Show Mall is on the north end of the Strip, just north of Treasure Island, and across from the Wynn Las Vegas and Palazzo.
It runs six times a day, every two hours, beginning at 11:10 am. and then at 1:10 pm/3:10 pm/5:10 pm and 7:10 pm, with the last shuttle leaving for the Las Vegas Strip at 9:10 pm.
Coming back to the resort, the shuttle departs the Fashion Show Mall seven times daily, seven days a week, starting at 11:40 am., and every two hours after that: 1:40 pm/3:40 pm/5:40 pm/7:40 pm and 9:40 pm.
The last shuttle from the Fashion Show Mall to Red Rock is at 10 pm. (not 10:40 pm.).
How Far is the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa From Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area?
It’s just 6 miles, or 11 minutes to the Red Rock Canyon visitor’s center, which is near the beginning of the scenic loop. The beautiful park has nearly 200,000 acres, and with its numerous hiking trails and gorgeous scenery – it is a welcoming, refreshing change of pace from the smoke-filled, noisy casino action of the Strip, is just 17 miles away.