Calico Tanks Trail

MODERATE 504 reviews

Calico Tanks Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

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.

15 days ago

Simply awesome to climb. Views were amazing however, Vegas was a bit smogged over but that did not take away from the experience.

hiking
27 days ago

Excellent hike. Be prepared with lots of water, especially during the summer months; drink plenty before. Fun scrambling/boldering on parts of the hike. Beautiful view at the top, be sure to go to the left after going through the tank.

29 days ago

amazing views over the valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. A little harder then described but well worth it despite the 102°F weather. Just stay hydrated!

1 month ago

Excellent view of Las Vegas right before sunset. You’re in the canyon almost the entire way.

nature trips
1 month ago

Easy hike with beautiful end scenery

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate to easy hike, there are harder rock climbing sections that you can choose to tackle or take an alternate trail around. There was no water at the end when I went but if you keep hiking up another 5 minutes past the tank there’s a good view of the Las Vegas strip.

2 months ago

Great view

2 months ago

Great hike!!! Great view through it & at the end!

hiking
2 months ago

Such a fun hike! It can get a little busy in the early afternoon, so I suggest getting to the trail a little bit early.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Would consider it moderate as the theirs lots of rocks. Trail is not super defined but it’s very easy to follow. I did this trail round trip in 90 mins! Super pretty, love the view

hiking
2 months ago

This was a really fun trail and awesome view and of Las Vegas at the end.

3 months ago

go

3 months ago

Great trail with very pretty views of the surrounding Red rock canyon. A lot of the hike is exposed so be prepared to be in the sun. Not too difficult- moderate is a true ranking. Even the drive to the trail head is gorgeous. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best trails at Red Rock! Easy to find your way and the views at the end were great!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of fun scrambling! The tanks themselves were a little underwhelming as there was no water when we visited, but I definitely recommend that you keep climbing up for spectacular views of the city.

The trail isn’t well marked after you go through the gravel wash, but it’s fairly intuitive.

Rookie Mistake: It was our first time in Red Rock Canyon and we missed the Sandstone Quarry Trailhead turnoff - which meant we had to go all the way around the one-way, 12-mile loop to get back. Beautiful drive, but pushed our start time about 45-minutes!

3 months ago

Its nice and beautiful when you reach the end. Also you can see the city from the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail! It’s great for beginner (in shape) hikers. Views of Vegas from the top are fun and there’s lots of change of scenery throughout the hike. It’s a quick day trip in the amazing Red Rock Canyon! It’s pretty exposed so bring lots of water- would not recommend in the dead of summer.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s hot. Very hot. And takes a long time to get there so make sure your car is gassed up and you have plenty of water. Other than that, pretty cool rock formations.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is a lot of fun. Takes a couple of hours and involves a lot of rock scrambling. I wore my hiking boots and had no problems with slipping on rocks. The view at the end is amazing. A good activity to get away from the Strip for a few hours.

4 months ago

Beautiful. at times challenging to find trail but we'll worth it

hiking
4 months ago

So much beauty to enjoy here! Lots of scrambling- just an excellent place to explore.

hiking
4 months ago

Having only heard about Redrock we didn't know what to expect. This is a good hike, but the amount of scrambling makes me think of it as more strenuous than moderate. As you near the top you will find foot ledges just a few inches wide, something that isn't for everyone. That said, explore! We found numerous paths all following the same general trail, some offering more of a hike whereas others are more scrambling.

4 months ago

Some scrambling but so worth it!

4 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views at the end.

4 months ago

Had fun

4 months ago

Great trail!

4 months ago

Beautiful and fun hike. Crowded on a Saturday

hiking
4 months ago

The views of the valley once you reach the top are spectacular. The early part of this hike is relatively flat. There are some great rock formations as you progress along, even right from the start. The sandy part of the trail is fun. You have to touch that sand it is so soft. As you progress further the trail gets to the rocks and you have a small amount of "climbing" over some rocks. I am a dog owner and love bringing my 2 dogs on hikes. This one, though, I don't think is as dog-friendly. Too many rocks to climb over and once you get to the top there are places too difficult (IMO) for dogs to go. As a hike for people, I give this five stars. Easy to do in a couple of hours and there is plenty of variety in terrain and scenery. It does get crowded after 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Go early to avoid crowds and parking issues.

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