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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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White Rock to Willow Springs Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Good beginner trail to test out if it something you would want to further pursue

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Railroad Tunnel Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Awesome, especially when you descend down to Hoover Dam and mingle with the touristo's! Take lots of water, got to be hot at the end.

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Lake Mead: Anniversary Narrows
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17 Completed 16 Reviews

We tried to do this hike last year, but the mining operation shut us out. We did enjoy some other trails but were anxious to leave after an eerie find. A Bible laying in off road way out there in the desert left me with a strange feeling there was something amiss. I don't know if I expected to run across a burning bush or a dead body but we made a rapid exit. The flies never bothered us until we stopped, then they really went to biting!

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Railroad Tunnel Trail
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17 Completed 16 Reviews

What a great hike for greenies. The biggest obstacle is the sand. The views are wonderful and the history of the tunnels is oozing all around. It can get pretty warm so carry plenty of water and enjoy!

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Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive
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17 Completed 16 Reviews

I was getting ready to run the Twilight Ascent Half Marathon and wanted to see what I was getting into. I'm so glad I drove out during daylight hours to see the beautiful red sandstone. The roads were quite busy as the day was absolutely beautiful and it was also a free day (no admission). The run was after dark and Refrigerator Canyon was COLD. I would love to head back out some time and do some hiking.

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Lake Mead: River Mountains Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice view over on top of Black Mountain.. There's a bench to rest

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Black Mountain
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The address of a home beside the trailhead parking is 2268 Shadow Canyon Dr, Henderson, NV.

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Black Mountain
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The directions are good till it says to turn off of Shadow Canyon. The trailhead parking is on Shadow Canyon. There also seems to be some confusion about the destination of this hike. It is not the peak with the antennae. It is the tallest peak just to the south of the peak with the antennae. This peak is visible throughout most of the Vegas Valley. It is also where "Black Mountain Trail" leads.
The hike is not much more difficult than any other ~2000 foot elevation gain climb. The trail becomes not so clear in the last few hundred yards up the steepest part. It isn't difficult to climb but the loose rocks make it somewhat difficult when going back down. Not dangerous, but you can temporarily lose your footing. The view from the top is one of the most spectacular views I've ever seen, second only to Wildrose Peak in Death Valley. You step up on the summit and suddenly you can see almost the entire Vegas valley, Lake Mead, Arizona, the Solar power plant at Ivanpah in California and all the other peaks around Vegas. You are 3000 feet above McCarran Airport. Your perspective during the hike changes quickly. The trailhead falls away as you climb and it seems like you move toward the summit quickly. The entire hike is visible almost the entire hike. It took me about 4 hours but that's because I lingered at the top for quite awhile taking in the sights. This is one of my favorite hikes now and I can't wait to share it with friends.

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Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive
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38 Completed 7 Reviews

This scenic drive is NOT a hiking trail and should not be listed as one. However, the road does allow access to several excellent trailheads that can be used for hiking.

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Turtlehead Peak Trail
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38 Completed 7 Reviews

Great hike. The trail is poorly marked and best attempted if you have some orienteering skills or a good gps.

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