Calico Tanks Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From the parking lot follow the wide trail 30 yards where it crosses a wash and resumes by the trail sign on the far side. When the trail divides, take the right fork as indicated by the trail sign. You soon walk past a signed Agave Roasting Pit, part of Indian history. Just beyond the Agave Roasting Pit go right as indicated by the trail sign. In a few yards the trail turns into a gravel wash. In about 40 yards leave the wash via an unsigned trail to the right. Its about .75 of a mile to the tank from here. Follow the sandy trail as it heads SE. The trail disappears as it ascends a sandstone ramp. Just beyond the ramp you ascend sandstone steps off to the right. If in doubt of the route, just stay low in the bottom of the drainage. You come to an easy climb by a log. Just past the climb veer left up sandstone steps. At the top of the steps veer right across level ground. Soon you'll ascend two sets of sandstone stairs. At the top of the second set of stairs you see a notch off in the distance; Calico Tank sits on the far side of the notch. Continue on the trail to another highpoint. From here Calico Tank is just a few hundred yards. After ascending a final set of steps the terrain flattens. Keep heading the same direction (SE) until Calico Tank comes into view. Descend to the tank. The tank can range from dry (summer months) to ice (winter months). This is a great spot to relax and have a snack. Note: It's too hot to hike this trail during summer months.
great views throughout the hike. Icy patches last week but all melted this weekend. Plenty of water in the tank at the end today.
Trail was so fun and the view at the end was awesome!
Very fun trail.
Beautiful trails! Challenging with the ice and snow but totally worth it when we made it to the top.
There's an entry fee to get into the park, but it's a must if you want to see some amazing views of the valley and Vegas in the distance. Coming from the east coast, I don't get to see these types of rock formations and vegetation. It was very crowded the day we went. Still worth it though. The trail itself isn't difficult as in strenuous. It was more difficult due to the rocky terrain. Requires use of hands in some areas. The reward for making it to the top is worth it. Among one of the best experiences I had while I was in Vegas.
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.
This is a great day hike that can be hiked in a couple hours. There are some really beautiful views of the Strip/valley at the top. The red rocks on this side of the scenic loop are my favorite. The only downside (or upside depending on what you're looking for) is that due to it's moderate difficulty and length, it's very crowded with families and pets. It can also be difficult to get a parking spot at the trail head. Start early to beat the crowds and the heat!
Short trail with great views. Would recommend doing during dry conditions