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 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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

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.

5 days ago

Park at Quarry and begin your route. It is not the best marked but when you start stay along the riverbed and turn toward the red rock. Lots of people to follow and nice hike.
Do not be fooled there are lots of rocks and other items to scamper over and at the top you will have to scamper to the end. The view is cool. Worth the time.

10 days ago

Hiked on 12/28/19 - windy conditions, temp high 30s, sunny

Make sure to have extra layers if there's wind, it can cut through the canyon and feel quite cool if you're out of the sun. Beautiful view out to Las Vegas at the top (scramble up the rocks to get the best unimpeded view of the strip) and a straightforward hike. Trail is easy to follow and has only moderate climbs. Great trail for anyone of any fitness level, short and sweet with a great view.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. Completed today and the cold weather made it even better. Not technical just be cautious with the loose sand making rocks slippery.

hiking
14 days ago

Enjoyable hike for beginners. Cool view at the end.

Only rated 4 instead of 5 because I found it much easier than "moderate", thus this is innacurately rated imo. I have almost zero hiking experience. Very little difficulty if you are slightly fit and an average height. Saw many kids on the trail. The majority of it could be jogged.

Approx. 55min. up taking breaks, waiting for someone, but I think I could complete the uptrek in 40 if I went at my own pace the whole time. Minimal scrambling/decline slopes.

hiking
15 days ago

Lovely Day Hike

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

It takes some leg work and much climbing. Overall good hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fine hike, nothing spectacular, except for the view near the end of the trail. OK for families with kids.

1 month ago

Beautiful views at the top. Not very difficult if you use common sense.

1 month ago

A great trail that has a view making it worth it. in the early spring you might see some water in the tank itself.

hiking
1 month ago

I never thought of myself as someone who would climb up and over rocks. For the most part we followed footprints when it was unclear where the trail was. I think we took the hard way a good bit, but we had fun and it is great view all the way to the top. We were not disappointed.

1 month ago

Great trail, little hard to know which way to go up and down the rocks but amazing, fun & gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

Straightforward going up, but a little tricky in the descent. As you go up, keep a sense as to the route you took, as when descending it is possible to lose perspective as to the "best" way down! Such a wonderful hike, though!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views, fun trail

walking
1 month ago

Very beautiful

2 months ago

Stay to the left at the end and keep climbing, excellent views of the strip.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve done this hike almost a dozen times, it’s my favorite to bring friends to when they come visit Vegas. The rock scrambling and lack of clear path makes it very dynamic, and the views both during and at the very end are just amazing. There’s a rock I just lay down on at the very end, letting me cloud gaze while getting the best view of the city. Best trail honestly.

2 months ago

Not too challenging! Beautiful views!

2 months ago

5 star hike, perfect hike to go with your family or amateurs hikers. Nice views at the end of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike took my wife and I 1 hour to get to top. Great views of Vegas. My 50th birthday hike. Life is GREAT!

hiking
2 months ago

Neat trial heavily traveled. Just about right for my wife and I. My 50th birthday and made it to the top in 1 hour. Great view of Vegas!

hiking
2 months ago

Went through this trail head today at about 10 o’clock. The parking lot was already pretty crowded and there were plenty of hikers on the trail on the way up to the tanks just take your time and you’ll have an amazing view at the end. Plenty of spaces for you to sit and relax and enjoy the view before you head back. I was even able to see a tarantula crossing the path in front of me which was a bonus.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

2 months ago

Very good hike with endless possibilities to climb out of the canyon to get great views of the strip!!

hiking
3 months ago

Download the georeferenced map from the Red Rock website. It's REALLY helpful because it's hard to know where the trail goes. It's not marked at all once you get to the bouldering parts, so the map really helps if you aren't intuitive. I don't recommend this as a beginner's hike, as the rocks can be a bit challenging. It's very sunny, and the canyon walls block any breeze so the hike is HOT. The bouldering never gets TOO hard/dangerous - if it does, you've gone off path and missed the various stairs that make it easier.

3 months ago

First hike in the Mojave Desert. The rock formations and views were beautiful. Don’t stop at the “tank”..... if you’re up for a short steep climb, you’ll soon find yourself on a summit overlooking Las Vegas. The trail had a bit more rock climbing and scrambling than expected for a moderate hike, although we were up for the challenge. Once you get to the rocks, markers are nonexistent and its not uncommon to be looking for the right “path” on the way out. Highly recommend!!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail with lots of scrambles over beautiful sandstone rock faces. Don’t be fooled by the park description. This trail requires a good deal of climbing along rock faces and through gaps. It is also very easy to loose the trail so pay attention to where you are going and where you have been. Markers are few and far between once you start scrambling.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with a bit of bouldering and rock scrambling. IMO not for small kids or most dogs.

4 months ago

Nice pace, lots of different levels. Fantastic view at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I just hiked this trail yesterday 9/7 it was blazing hot 102 but I still had lots of fun scrambling rocks! Not a really hard trail but you can make it more difficult by the path you chose to take. The view of Vegas at the end is well worth the sweat!!

4 months ago

Amazing hike with a great view! On 9/1 we are walking back around 7:30 pm about 100 steps from trailhead walking next to some brush and heard a probably pretty good size rattlesnake. I have done this trail 10 times from mornings to afternoons and never had a run in with rattlesnake only at dusk. If you are at the trailhead and look north you will see big boulders (sandstone quarry) to the left of that there is a skinny cut through on the left side bush is where it was. Be careful in that area.

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