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 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.
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
Great views! My wife and I got tired of the strip so we drove out here....what a surprise. I would rather do this than the strip anyday!
This trail was amazing! After winding into a ravine type area, the trail soon becomes a rocky climb over rocks and boulders. I would say it's fairly strenuous in places. There were lots of people of all ages on the trail when we were there. Once you reach the natural tank, if you climb up the boulders at the end of the trail, the view of Las Vegas is very rewarding. We spent a little over two hours hiking this trail on a 70 degree day. Take plenty of water as there are no sources in this backcountry.
This trail is great for all skill levels. It's easy enough for small kids and dogs. I've taken both up, but you can also venture off the beaten path for more of a challenge. Losing the path is easy so do be careful! This is neck and neck with icebox as my favorite.
Great hike, the payout is amazing beautiful scenic view of Las Vegas!
Awesome moderate trail. Very beautiful scenic view at the end well worth the hike.
Super fun hike! Lots of places to explore around the trail.