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Brownstone Canyon (horse trail to dam)

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Brownstone Canyon (horse trail to dam) is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,070 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

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

Sun Apr 29 2018

This is the Best place in Red Rock there is more evidence of native American Indians in this area then any other my friends and I rode our dirt bikes all over this area in the 70's and 80's

Wed Nov 09 2016

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.

Thu Nov 19 2015

Loved it. Great elevation gain, views of the city and beautiful petroglyphs.

Mon Jun 04 2012

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!

Sat Mar 17 2018

Sat Jul 16 2016