Grapevine Canyon Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Laughlin, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Waterfalls and 1000 year old Petroglyphs. You start the hike with a workout. A 1/4 mile walk in a sandy, dry river bed. The real pleasure and sense of history starts at the mouth of the canyon. 1000 year old Native American Indian Petroglyphs start at eye level and continue up several hundred feet up the canyon wall. Stay to the left as you continue up the canyon, the trails are visible but not marked. You will be rewarded with tremendous views of the Colorado River Valley and 3 seasonal waterfalls which are gorgeous when running. You will find why the canyon was named what it was. A gigantic patch of wild grapevines running over a 100 feet long and stretching from canyon wall to canyon wall. Past the 3rd waterfall you will find deep, natural bath tubs worn into the rocks. Great place to soak those weary bones after the climbing you'll do to get there. Just remember, stay left as you go up the canyon. You'll be rewarded with some very interesting geological surprises along the way.
The directions will take you about a half mile passed the turnoff to the trail head, although it was pretty easy to figure out that we needed to turn around and take the CHRISTMAS TREE PASS EXIT, from there follow the signs about two miles to a parking area.
We went New Years Eve 2016 and there were a lot of people on the trail, and despite this the back half of the trail was much less trafficked and pretty over grown with thorny bushes. Our clothes got a little snagged.
There are a lot of different little ways to use the trail depending on how difficult you want to make it. I would not suggest this trail to anyone who isn't comfortable climbing big slippery rocks or hiking up steep hills. We brought our husky/shepherd dog and she did really well jumping up and over 5+ foot rocks, but I definitely would not call this trail dog or kid friendly.
Over all though it was a really good hike and we got some incredible views.
Amazing Magical Place!
lots of rock climbing, good grip boots recommended. Many nice big reptiles along the way great for kids who enjoy climbing and exploring (bit dangerous for beginners). Trail is not well maintained and could be difficult to figure out the way. Sacred paintings are beautiful and there's something magical and spiritually in that mountain (personal experience). Good family adventure and overall an amazing place to explore!!
Hike at your own risk. The trail is not well maintained. Vines and bushes are growing out of control. Therefore, it blocked the path over boulders. View is awesome though. Bring a truck ,
Bumpy road for smaller cars.
It was 114 degrees outside and I can't think of a better way to spend our 1 year wedding anniversary! Hiking this trail was fantastic!
Petroglyphs were amazing find, the trail is not well defined and no information of how far is the waterfall. It is a good hike to explorer, just have plenty of time.
Beautiful place to hike and enjoy nature. Dec 1 2015 the weather was perfect.
Great short hike! Lots of petroglyphs! Mind the tarantulas and commune with the ancients!!
This hike was Great! Made it to the Waterfall but next time we'll have to time it right when it rains to hike up there.
Came across this trail while driving across Christmas tree pass. Set out around 8:30 in the morning with my father and friend. Easy hike with some fun areas to climb up on top of some large rocks. Petroglyphs are definitely an added bonus to see. Had a great time and would suggest for anyone.
My wife and I started hiking the canyon 20 years ago when we were just dating. Over the years we have sporadically visited it, but not with much regularity. We decided to go last Sunday 3/16/14 and it was still an amazing hike. Our 17 year-old son loved it and I found myself and my son chasing the lizards, and climbing the boulders. Beautiful views, easy to moderate hike with some tight spots. Glad we hit it up again.
Great hike that can be tailored to anyone's hiking desires. It took us about an hour to hike to where the canyon dead ends at a spring. You can scramble up the hillsides, let kids play on boulders, just hike through the wash. Beautiful views the whole way.
Beautiful Trail! The Petroglyphs are just the beginning! You could hike all day out and back if you'd like. We were only able to hike about 2 hours in and 2 hours out. Great climbing areas with rock slabs, washes, trees and thick brush in some areas. It was great! Can't wait to go back for a longer hike!
Easy hike. Completed in the Summer. Recommend having plenty of water. I actually passed the section and went rock climbing. Found the site on the return.