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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.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 406 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

recorded Calico Tanks Trail

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rocky
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3 hours ago

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1 day ago

fun rock scramble with cool views. really well marked trail, go early to avoid crowdsa

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6 days ago

Lots of fun, great view of the city at the top. The rocks do get hot so go in the mornings.

hiking
6 days ago

First west coast hike. Beautiful scenery/terrain. Not hard at all but a little tricky at times. Keep walking forward past the endpoint and you get a beautiful view of the Vegas landscape. All around a great trail.

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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

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rocky
10 days ago

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11 days ago

Make sure to hit this hike early in the day, it gets hot quick on the rocks

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rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Great trail and workout. Mostly up the way out and some bouldering. There was a water tank at the end. For the view you have to go past the water basin and over the ridge to see the valley. Great view. Go early. I started at 7 and it was already getting hot.

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20 days ago

Very nice hike with great views!! Family friendly. Terrain isn’t too rough.

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22 days ago

Easy fun trail if you’re looking for some great photos of Red Rocks before you leave. Had an hour to kill before park closed so went around loop again to try out this hike and scramble up some rocks.

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rocky
scramble
24 days ago

BEAUTIFUL! I really really enjoyed the scenery and exercise level of this hike. Unfortunately, it is suuuuper highly trafficked so try going really early if you don’t want to be sandwiched in between groups of people and basically walking it in a single file line :/ but once you get to the tanks, you can kind of choose your own path to get to a high point nearby and enjoy the overlook of Vegas. I was able to find a spot up high and was alone for about 30 mins enjoying the view. Lots of stairs to climb and a few tricky scrambling spots, but very well worth it!

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26 days ago

Beautiful trail, now well marked with signage and markers. Thanks BLM! Some scrambling towards the end, just a few balance checks needed near the tanks. We visited on a windy day, and would have spent more time appreciating the view if it were less windy.

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scramble
1 month ago

Enjoyed every aspect of this moderate to easy trail. Diversity in scenery is refreshing. Depending on the time of year the tanks will be full enough not to pass. If you visit when the tanks aren’t full it’s worth the last scramble to the top. A panoramic view of the Las Vegas valley awaits. The hike starts off simply along a wash with some sand to traverse. Upon passing this aspect there is a well defined trail most of the way consisting of steps and landmark vistas.

hiking
1 month ago

How is everyone still hiking this trail the road is closed where do I park

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Love this trail!! one of my favorites ! big beautiful rocks to climb and hike, surround you. and if you hike all the way, it takes you up to a lookout, an amazing view looking towards the strip, as you sit up high! you definitely have some scrambling and combined with general hiking, even a part where you have to walk on a narrow section to keep going.

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2 months ago

Breathtaking views!

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2 months ago

Had a good time. Nice to get out.

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scramble
3 months ago

Great trail to see the red rocks/get a view of the strip. Some scrambling but nothing hard. Trail is easy to follow.

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rocky
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snow
3 months ago

Really nice introductory into moderate trails. The end was a bit tough but definitely doable. Plus an amazing view of Vegas.

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fee
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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Do it!!!!! Super fun! This is definitely a “create your own adventure” type of hike with the goal being- “How the heck can I get on that big rock.” This hike allows you to move almost like ants and to travel to wherever you want. It’s not really an out and back hike and doesn’t lead to a grand finale ending, but still wild fun if you’re just looking for some fun and adventure. Bring a sandwich and enjoy the many views

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