Before the Great War, the area was a preserved area known as the "Southwest Commonwealth Conservation Area." Remnants of pre-War campsites and ancient petroglyphs still dot the area even though it has been completely dominated by the Great Khans, who have added their own artwork to the canyon walls. The Great Khans have camps and outposts spread throughout the area, concentrated in the area closest to the distinguishable red rocks. The Great Khans relocated here after the Bitter Springs Massacre, where the NCR killed a large number of non-combatants. The Great Khans currently focus on rebuilding and growing their chem trade enterprise.[Non-canon 1]
While the canyon has three entrances, it is most accessible from the east, by following Nevada 159 west from Whittaker farmstead or Poseidon gas station. The widest entrance can be found heading north from Spring Mt. Ranch State Park. A motorcycle accident will be seen when approaching from this direction.
Red Rock Canyon consists of several tents surrounding a central arena where the Great Khans perform their indoctrination ritual. There is also a longhouse where their leader Papa Khan holds court. To the northwest is a steep pass, starting from a small pond of clean water, that leads past a cazador nest swarming with cazadores in the direction of the Remnants bunker. Slightly to the northwest is the Red Rock drug lab, where the Great Khans Jack and Diane manufacture and prepare chems for shipment.
- When Boone is a companion, his presence may cause the Great Khans to turn hostile.
- Sometimes a cazador will spawn in the initiation circle. It will attack and may kill, nearby Great Khans.
- While the western exit from the canyon may seem like a one-way road due to the sheer drop on the Red Rock Canyon side, it is possible to bypass the drop and leave the canyon that way. Near the mouth of the south canyon entrance, there is a ridge that will end above a point just on the other side of the drop. This ridge is easily traversable. There are also several cazadores lurking just above this area.
Red Rock Canyon appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- Red Rock Canyon is based on the real world location of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to the immediate west of Las Vegas, Nevada along the real world Nevada State Route 159.
- Megan Parks was responsible for layout, prop placement, and decoration for this location.
- Papa Khan may leave the door to his room open but the player character can still lockpick it. [verified]
- Red Rock Canyon may not appear as a found location on the Pip-Boy map at all. To fix this you must travel to a nearby place using fast travel and then head back to Red Rock Canyon. [verified]
- If you enter the outhouse in Red Rock Canyon, the game may not allow you to exit the outhouse and force you to load a previous save file. [verified]
- The Courier: "What happened?"
Craig Boone:"Main force got spotted too soon. We heard shooting. Then Khans started coming through Canyon 37 in bunches. It was all wrong, though. Women, kids, elderly. Wounded started coming through, too. We radioed to confirm our orders but command didn't get what we were seeing. They told us to shoot till we were out of ammo. So that's what we did."
(Craig Boone's dialogue)
- Megan Parks' portfolio 1
- Megan Parks' portfolio 2
- Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition pp. 297-298: "[1.15] Red Rock Canyon
"Pre-War, Red Rock Canyon was a popular tourist attraction. Remnants of Pre-War campsites and ancient petroglyphs still dot the area even though it has been completely dominated by Great Khans. The Great Khans have their camps and outposts spread throughout the area, though most of them are concentrated in one area near the red rocks themselves. The Great Khans relocated here after the Bitter Springs Massacre, where NCR accidentally killed a large number of noncombatants during an otherwise normal skirmish between the two groups. Today, the Great Khans while away their time, dreaming of past glories while resorting to petty drug-dealing and battles by proxy (the Fiends) with the NCR."
(Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)