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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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Mummy Mountain
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a difficult trial. Not for the inexperienced or out of shape! I started from the Trial Canyon trailhead and turned left at the junction of North Loop and had fantastic views of Mount Charleston and Kyle Canyon the whole way. The first few miles are on a well traveled trail that is doable for anyone who can handle some elevation. The hard part comes when you turn right (up) off of the North Loop trail and begin the ascent on deep, loose gravel. It is marked rather crudely...a large M carved into a tree, so it can be easy to pass. After completing the gravel terrain park the "trail" can get a bit tricky to follow as the rains cover things easily since this part is not popularly traveled. There is a small scrambling section and then you have basically reached the summit. This is the best part! The 360° views are a blessing and the body of the mummy offers a relatively flat reprieve and cool temps, great place for lunch. This trail requires good shoes, knees, balance, altitude tolerance, endurance, and companionship (but not dogs once on the Mummy portion). BRING PLENTY OF WATER AND FOOD AND CHECK FOR TICKS.

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Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

We took the scenic dive due to the weather. A storm was coming and they expected flash flooding. The area was beautiful. Going to go back in the fall to some hiking here

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Cathedral Rock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Cathedral Rock Trail
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Wilson Homestead (via Pine Creek)
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

The area is a lot cooler (temp wise) than most people would think, so the trail is practically abandoned in the summer months.

I saw two wild Burros that seemed so tame I could have probably approached closer but I did not chance it nor did I think it appropriate.

The homestead is marked a foundation and a there is a clearing that some call the garden near by. The Garden always seems damp and there is PLENTY of shade to rest and cool down should you be hiking in the summer like I do.

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Ice Box Canyon Trails
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

We hiked this trail in late July and it was a little muggy. It was a great hike of moderate inclines. You follow the creek for a good portion and listening to the water was nice. Not all the intersections are marked well so I had to jaunt one direction or the other to confirm our direction. I will do this one again for sure. I would recommend starting out from the Art Nord trailhead towards Snow Basin instead of heading down the Wheeler Creek trail doing the loop in a clockwise direction. The hike out will be more consistent.

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Grand Circle Adventure Trail
by Roy R.

7 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a wonderful trail for endurance. It circles the inner valley of Red Rock Canyon, linking together many smaller trails.

There are many points of access to the trail. The most logical point of entry is the Visitors Center. This provides easy access and allows you to leave the park without having to travel the thirteen mile one-way road that circles it. As it is a loop hike one can start heading either east or west from the Visitors Center. I have travelled both ways several times and find heading west (clockwise) from the Visitors Center the more rewarding hike. This takes you through the central flatter area first, which can be perceived as boring when you’re nine miles into the hike and just want to get back to your car. You get wonderful views of the canyon’s dramatic western escarpment from here and have a more gentle ascent to the upper areas, which is great for the beginning part of the hike.

The maximum elevation gain is 1,655 feet, which is around 4,900 feet above sea level. This takes place almost exactly halfway through the hike at the White Rock Spring parking area. From there the descent through the midlands will give you plenty of privacy, even on spring weekends (avoid the park on April and May weekends if possible. It gets REALLY crowded). Then you get to finish the hike traveling through the rocky Sandstone Quarry region and the beautiful red rocks of the Calico area.

Give yourself plenty of time and bring far more water than you think you’ll need. You will love this hike.

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City Cruise: Daytime 007
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

It's not a trail. It's directions anyone can just look up on google.

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Bellagio to Aria
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Not a real trail. It's directions for walking from one hotel to the one next to it.

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White Rock / La Madre Springs Loop Trail
by Roy R.

7 Completed 3 Reviews

As a local, this is one of my favorite hikes in Red Rock Canyon. The hiker is treated to many of the microclimates of the region. There are several places to start this six-mile loop hike, but I strongly suggest you begin at the Willow Springs parking lot. You should walk east and go counterclockwise through the loop. This allows you to enjoy the southern hills first. You will pass through an area thick with wonderfully photogenic Silver Cholla cactus. You can go up to White Rock Springs if you wish. It’s invaluable to our wildlife but not really anything to see. From there you steadily climb up the eastern hillside to a saddle where the dirt instantly changes from whitish brown to dark red. Then you enjoy a nice downhill walk through the pines of the beautifully wild back canyon . The last quarter mile or so back to your car is along the road, but is gives you great views of the western wall of Red Rock Canyon.

For non-desert rats you will probably want to take this hike from October though June. If you can take the heat a summer hike on this trail is amazing. Bring LOTS of water!

One warning: In the springtime crowds overrun the place on the weekends and parking is almost impossible after about 9 AM. It’s much better to come on a weekday during this time.

Hope this helps!

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