dogs on leash
Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store. The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area (NCA), the seventh to be designated nationally. This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. One million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs sponsored by the BLM. The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the West. It adheres to the policy of multiple use, thereby providing recreational opportunities, protection for cultural sites, and the management of natural resources, including wildlife.
This was a very simple, easy trail. The view there and back is what you should look forward to. It leads you to a small creek, in the winter at least. There was a steady incline there and I did break a sweat and had slightly heavier breathing. The path there is mostly rocks and dirt. We went on a nice winter day in January. The weather was low 60s so in the shade we were cold but when we were moving or in the sun it was hot. Anyone can do this hike, if you have low cardiovascular endurance just don't be afraid to stop and catch your breath and drink water. Enjoy!
Tony S. on Calico Tanks Trail
This is a fun trail. I definitely recommend it. It is moderate in difficulty. It is not easy, but not too hard. You can do this in a few hours. A nice view of the LV strip at the end and views of the park. The hike was wet when we did it which made footing a bit challenging. It is in the shade much of the way, so if there has been rain the footing can be slick. Good footwear help.
A great hike to be sure!! I would agree in the difficulty level, but the day (January 19th) we did it I think it was even more so... The first 1/3 was great overcast and watched the shows coming up through the valley. The second 2/3 of the hike was in a very cold moderate rain which did not effect the surface that much, however the final third coming over the knife edge we were met with sideways blowing snow and the accumulation increased to almost 3 iniches on the summit. The cloud cover opened up briefly for a decent down view but we did not stay long. The downhill in
The snow was precarious and slow but once below the snow line it was a pretty easy decent, rather steep at times but nothing technical. Of course once on the dessert floor the blue sky's came back and it gave us some amazing pictures of where we had just been. Very rewarding and highly suggested hike if you are in decent shape!! You quads will scream some!! The trail was marked very well down low, but as you climb they become pretty random... and because of the snow only rock markers were recognizable but all in all it's a very straight forward trail! That will give you a sense of accomplishment! ! Just remember to plan your gear according to the current conditions and the near future and you will be fine!! A great climb!!
Not used to desert trails so this was interesting. Had some really beautiful views. It was a bit of a push the last bit or so. The dogs' pads were full of burrs and after that we got them some boots. Was nice terrain (for us humans at least) and some very nice views. Would not do this in summertime but during December it was great - even with a pretty significant temperature drop.