Brownstone Canyon (horse trail to dam) is a 12.1 mile out and back trail located near Las Vegas, NV and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Long sand & gravel trail into canyon, water horses at dam, enjoy picnic lunch This is a spring/fall/winter ride -- much too hot & dusty in the summer for the 10 mile ride to reach the actual trailhead to Brownstone. Your equine will be walking on a sustained uphill in soft sand & gravel for over 2,000 ft. elevation gain so it's critical they be "legged up" & in shape. There is no water until you reach the dam, so you'd better carry plenty for both horse & rider. If you have any doubts that your animal is in shape, don't attempt this ride -- you won't be able to get a trailer to the TH if there is a problem. Try your horse on a shorter ride in Red Rock like Oak Creek if you're not sure about Brownstone. Locals who live in Calico Basin use the route to Red Springs to reach Brownstone, which is shorter and easier. And, if you want to do a longer, possibly overnight ride, continue over La Madre and up into Harris Springs. Many washes, rock art & things to explore in this canyon, but remember your horse has 10 miles to walk just to get in/out
This is not a marked trail, or even a trail. It is just a GPS track following a wash indiscriminately. Uneventful and boring until the end. constant elevation climb. Essentially it is just wandering around in the desert.
Loved it. Great elevation gain, views of the city and beautiful petroglyphs.
I have several pics from this location. One of my favorite places to get away from Vegas quickly. Unfortunately Howard Hughes Development is destroying everything around Brownstone!