Calico Tanks Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, NV that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible 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.
I can never finish this trail! And every time I hike it seems as I've never hiked this trail!! Fun and never boring on this trail before. Ha! Boulder hopping w my pooch entertaining. Be careful out there! Hip hip Hooray!
My husband, bichon puppy and I completed this trail today! it was defitnately not easy. Lots of climbing involved but we made it to the end. Beautiful view of the Las vegas valley from the top. No water in the tanks. Very beautiful trail!
Just did this today! Great hike with absolutely stunning views. Some scrambling involved but for a beginner-intermediate hiker, it was doable. Saw a bunch of kids completing this hike, as well. Final stretch is worth it because of the view!! Coming down was not as bad as I thought it would be!
Nice hike. Beautifull scenery.
A nice trail with good mix of sandy wash 1st 1/4th of trail and rock scrambling other 3/4th of trail. No water in the watering hole this time of year (mid August) but will definitely return in spring to see water. Beautiful view of LV valley at top of valley.
One of my favorite trails at Red Rock. Spectacular views and plenty of places to climb
It was a great moderate trail, a good warm-up for Turtlehead Peak which is next on my list. The trail is part of the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area and you will need to pay a fee for entry. The trail starts at the Sandstone Quarry Parking Lot, and follows a wash that can be challenging for portions of the trail. Wear shoes that facilitate climbing on and over rocks. Once you get to the top reserve some time to explore and take in the view. Las Vegas has great hiking in all directions.
Easy to moderate - take hat poles and water.
Lovely view of the strip from the water tank trail
Nice shaded trail
I did this trail with my family, and it was a great hike with beautiful scenery! Check out my full review on my blog at https://adulthoodinslo.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/red-rock-canyon-calico-tanks-trail/
Harder than expected because we didn't know about the moderate climbing involved and we had already hiked 6 miles. View of Vegas from hill at end was awesome.
This trail was pretty beautiful, fortunately we had an overcast and a light rain to cause some water trickling while we went up the trail. The mass amount of red rock is such a spectacular sight to see and it was a very easy hike, but it did have some steep areas that require a tad bit of leg lifting but other than that the view was enjoyable.
It's the end of May in the 90's, arrived Around 3PM to 6. 4 to 7 would be ideal. You can get almost to the end with little trouble fairly shady. Would say o.e of my favorites.
Did this in July of 2015 and it was soooo HOT. Make sure to take LOTS of water. The hike is gorgeous, go past the calico tanks and up - there you'll see a magnificent view of Las Vegas. The tanks themselves are dried up. It's in between the canyons so have some fun and YELL some fun words :)
Took a hike on the Calico Tanks Trail on an overcast spring day with temps in the high 60's. It was a weekday so not too busy. As the description about details, it is a gravels trail for a short bit, then a very fine sand until you begin climbing the rock trail. Most of the trail is easily visible but there were several places that left me guessing as to the route. The trail signs end after the first 1/4 mile. It took me 70 minutes up and 50 minutes down with a little time at the top to rest and take photos. Very nice view of the Vegas Strip at the end. When in doubt along the trail, take the high road and look for rock stairs. Having good shoes and long legs helped me reach some high climbs along the way so be sure to have good shoes for this hike.
Amazing trail! Get ready to jump some rocks and climb over some boulders. We lost the trail several times so watch carefully. AMAZING view from the top of the trail. It ended with not only an awe inspiring view of the Las Vegas skyline, but a pond sized bowl of water trapped in the rocks below. I would absolutely recommend this trail anytime you want to sneak in a hike while in sin city.