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Calico Tanks Trail

Las Vegas, NV

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Calico Tanks Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located in Red Rock Canyon, which is 16 miles west of Las Vegas, NV. The tank can vary from dry to several feet deep. This is a very popular hike.

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Trail Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Gold Strike Hot Spring
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13 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a great hike. I can't believe the other reviewers who thought it was 8 miles round trip. Going down was the easy part. Spent some time in the Colorado river at the bottom. I think that there a total of 6 ropes which were easy to navigate both down and up on the way back. There were some ducks. The return trip is all uphill which might seem longer but it is not. I cannot believe all of the trash, socks, a shoe and even a towel that people have discarded on this trail. If you are not going to pick up after yourself then you should stay at home.

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Gold Strike Hot Spring
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Took the Fam. That Includes a 12yr old, a 6yr old and an 8yr old.
My Kids Had Absolute Fun!!
They loved climbing down the trail with Ropes,(with Adult supervision n Help) .
They were jumping And Climbing Up Big Boulders, got to see lots of Lizards. And sum Trashed n Smashed Vehicles when first arriving...
They enjoyed Getting Soaked from waist down during the hike and Fully Wet once he hit the open water, and its also where you get a view of the Bridge.
Enjoyed A light snack, fed some ducks.
Great Hike back,
But ran out of water 2/3 the way bak to the car, in the ever so tiring Gravel, So Bring that Extra Water!!!
I Recommend people NOT throw their Trash under Empty spaces between Boulders...
Its Tacky n Disrespectful.
But Overall, a Workout Hike Absolutely!!!
Its Worth It!!!

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Lava Butte/Rainbow Gardens
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

It can be a difficult hike. some of the rocks are larger than cars, and when stepped on, can slide a bit under the relatively light weight of the hiker. Keep that in mind when traversing the terrain. I would suggest the hiker approach the butte from the east side, as it is a gentler slope, and there are varied agate specimens for gathering. One way to do that is to follow the power line road, then begin the ascent ever onward towards the top of the butte. Because agate is silicon, tapping rocks in the dark produces light. (true of most silicon rocks).
The safe way up and down would be to ascend the eastern side of the mountain (actually an old cinder cone plug), and go back down the way you went up.
Descending the western side of the butte can cause an insurmountable problem to go back up/down the way you came, and could cause a need for a rescue operation from Civil Air Patrol or some other such agency. In some places, it may be impossible to climb back up or back towards the trail from which you came, as refrigerator sized rocks and boulders may slip, trapping the hiker, or obliterating safe back-track passage.
Besides agate, there is some gold placer in the area, but to access that, will require lugging equipment up and down the trails. It can be done, but my suggestion would be to tote a 5-gallon bucket, rock hammer, GPS, Band-aids, and liquid refreshment. Rescue may involve a fine for having hiked upward and then getting trapped.
The view is great, and rocks of varied colors abound. Charlie. watch out for rattlesnakes as well. Best advice: let the snakes go their way, and once passed, you go your way

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Calico Tanks Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

First time I did this trail and it's on top of my favorites now. There is a lot of climbing, but it's not too difficult. I could have spent hours on top, overlooking my city Las Vegas. It's so peaceful. I took tons of pictures on the way up and all of them are amazing! This trail made me happy.

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Oak Creek (Red Rock Canyon)
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

To Elaine and others who take horses on walking trails...not to say that I wouldn't enjoy horseback riding! BUT when your horseback riding on WALKING - HIKING trails, sorry to say but the horse feces on the trails are horrible along with the many, many flies the feces attract. Just saying?? Something to think about the next time you go horseback riding and to maybe be conscience of those of us on foot.

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Oak Creek (Red Rock Canyon)
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike with my nephew! We never made it to the creek but awesome trails through rocks, trees, and the canyon. Next time we're going even further!! And did I mention the beautiful views.

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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved hiking the trails. Amazing views, great for awesome pictures on the way. it's so quiet and peaceful.

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Mary Jane Falls Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

This trail is easy to find. Strenuous enough to make it a minor challenge on the switchbacks, but easy enough that just about anyone can do it. The view at the end is awesome, too. Take lunch and have a picnic.

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Calico Tanks Trail
by Julie Ford

6 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a very nice hike/outing for families or a group of friends to do while visiting the Las Vegas area. A great alternative to the casino's. We enjoyed the ability to explore through the rocks, sometimes having to backtrack to be able to get back on trail. Level of difficulty can be up to the climber or hiker. The end view is worth it all. If you are looking for a secluded trail, this is not for you. We passed many a hiker. I would do this trail again if there weren't so many other areas to explore in the Red Rock Conservation Area.

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