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Calico Hills Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,108 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Getting There

Hell Hill serves as the warm up for this grueling summit ascent. The class 3 ridgeline scramble is worth every step. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is part of the National Landscape Conservation System. This area helps to preserve the large red rock formations and sandstone peaks known as the Keystone Thrust. Popular for hiking and rock climbing, the highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m). Note: Calico Hills is most often referred to as the grouping of colorful sandstone formations north of the entrance to the Scenic Loop Road. This includes the popular Calico Tanks trail and Redcap Peak.

Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701

In my pack: 75' 7mm static pull rope (not used) 25' webbing, rappelling device, locking carabiner (3), rapid release (2), GPS, Camera, Cell phone, TOPO map, compass, gloves, extra batteries, extra socks (2), first aid kit, headlamp, knife, sunscreen, bug spray, matches, light sticks, emergency Bivouac kit. Energy snacks Water: 1 liters** (58 degrees F) take more water on warm (hot) day. Good shoes for scrambling. Hiking pole helped in the loose rock, but is a hindrance during the class 3 areas. Permit: NOT required

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. The trail is a few miles west of the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center.

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Steven Ortman
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HikingNo shade

Loved it! Ran from end to end in a little over an hour. There are a couple of routes so think about which you want to take. Couldn’t take anyone under the age of 10 all the way through but definitely recommend!! Great trail. I’d rate it as moderate rather than hard. Couple places you can lose the trail over the rocks. Look for the markers.

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Sahel Golestan
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Hiking

Beautiful scenic, take lots of water and ensure you walk through the rocks

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Daniela Pachova
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Hiking

Nice trail

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Roseli Toscano
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Great hike, great views and such an amazing time getting a good workout.

JD Rees
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HikingFeeOff trailRockyScramble

Super fun! This is a “create your own adventure” hike with the goal of just exploring anywhere on the mountain side that you want. Good for all ages, but I would recommend having some really good endurance if you want to get the most of it! Pro tip, pack a lunch, find a rock, enjoy!

julie_journeys on instagram
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Hiking

Since there are so many parking lots, and being so close to the entrance of the scenic loop - this trail can seem busy. However, once you distance yourself from the trailheads where people are mainly walking out a few feet and stopping to take their selfies - this trail is a true gem. Even if you prefer solitude, it is worth it to take this popular hike because it is truly stunning! Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

Patrick Lang
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HikingRocky

Great trail all the way to Calico Tanks

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Matt Kivisto
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very scenic mostly easy hike

Morganne Roberts
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Hiking

You make your own trail, love the beautiful colors of the hills

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Simon Rogers
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Hiking

Hike with Jordan off scenic drive.

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Natasha W
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Not a lot of ice. Pretty cold. To get to trail head, some boulder climbing. Was beautiful

Brie Rentz
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HikingRockyScramble

Chilly in late November, but bright sunshine made for perfect weather. Didn’t encounter very many other hikers between Calico 2 and Sandstone Quarry. Once you get on the Calico Tank trail, be prepared for lots of people and not a lot of trail etiquette. Pretty cold back in the canyon where it was shaded. A little bit of ice, but nothing considered a hazard. The scramble up past the tank has a fantastic view of downtown Las Vegas - once you reach what you think is the top, stay left for the best view. You’ll know when you reach the spot!

Dawn Torbit
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Kito McKinney
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Hiking

Just hiked today. So glad I went early (around 7am), because there were sooo many people later. The end of the trail has some bouldering and is really fun. My only complaint is that the trail is very easy to lose, as there are few markings as to what the actual trail is. Luckily I had this app to help me out. I have some footage of the trail and some drone footage: Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4UU6NnVfNc Drone Footage from Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4xgjbSwzxM&feature=youtu.be

Matt Vittal
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Hiking

Fun trail. A little busy since there are 3 trailheads that enter this trail at different points. You’re hiking 6 miles but others can jump on the trail for much shorter sections so you don’t really get away from the crowds for long.

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Megan Pudde
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David Platt
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Hiking

The iconic Red Rock hike, IMHO. You get to see some of the highlights of the park -- interesting red rock formations and opportunities to scramble at the beginning, water pools ("tanks") and sweeping view of the park at the end

Sally D.
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Hiking

Great trail with many options and 3-4 entry points. We parked at Calico 1 and hiked a short fun .8 mi out and back section, starting by heading east toward the VC. We then drove to the Sandstone Quarry lot and picked back up with the 2.5 mi Calico Tanks trail. All told was about 3 hours and we enjoyed every minute!

Katharine Jovey
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Hiking

Loved this trail. Sand, stone, gravel and lots of interesting patterns to look at in the huge rocks you’re walking by

Bryan Thompson
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HikingRockyScramble

I did this starting from the fee station, my brother in law dropped me off at the entrance, and to me it wasn't that hard. But I really loved it. Hardest part is doing the Calico Tanks trail with some rock scrambling there but the rest of the trail is pretty easy. It is a longer hike so be ready for it.

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