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Calico Tanks Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Cave Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Scramble
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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.

The parking lot can be full during weekends in Spring and Autumn. There's a pit toilet at the parking lot.

From the Mirage on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) go north three miles and turn west (left) onto Charleston Boulevard. Drive 16 miles on Charleston to Red Rock Canyon. The signed pulloff for Sandstone Quarry is located 2.9 miles past the fee booth. The signed trailhead is at the far end of the parking lot.

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Jacob Gibbs
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Gorgeous sandstone rock formations. Plenty of inlets, caves, and holes for kids to explore. Multiple large rock outcroppings to climb for great views. Saw many quail, colorful birds, hares, and lizards. Moderate diffuculty and mildly dangerous in a few areas. Lots of parking and 15 dollars to get into the canyon. Should definitely be on everyone's hiking bucket list.

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Will Scarfino
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Pure beauty in all directions

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Clinton Merrell
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Luis Castellanos
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A lot more difficult than I thought

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Chris Bonis
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Taylor Campione
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Crowded today but nice

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Kathy Fit
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beautiful trail with an awesome view at the peak

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Peter Froio
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Stephanie C.
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Vernon Miller
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Nolan Mayther
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Lalit Dhadphale
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Matt Simonson
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Fun easy trail for everyone. love the beautiful colors.

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Sean McAfee
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Martin Quintana
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Lauren Bryan
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Great trail, lots of rocks to climb.

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kelly ratka
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Emmy Cho
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Parking lot was large and crowded but frequent turnover so found a spot right away. Trail was clearly marked. Although most of it was not covered, the afternoon shade and a slight breeze made it quite pleasant. Scenery was breathtaking all along the way. Fun scrambling but not too difficult. The tanks were super fun... we spent almost an hour hanging out and just scrambling around on top. Definitely one of the best hikes I’ve ever done!

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Heather Mills
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Jon Southern
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Lydia Patterson
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Great

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LeAnne White
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Tim Bjerke
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Tony Owen
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Loved this trail. So much fun.

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Pricella Reed
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Alex Ravenscroft
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Tralane Mercadel
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great trail!!!! 5 stars!!!

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Ryan K
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Jillian Gowac
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Super fun hike! It was pretty quick and the view was worth it. Definitely lots of scrambling but even as someone afraid of heights it was all doable.

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