Calico Tanks Trail

MODERATE 402 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.

2.2 miles
403 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



old growth



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.

13 hours ago

great hike and beautiful scenery. make sure to wear good shoes as you do some rock climbing. we went when there was not much traffic so the hike was enjoyable. I would suggest taking this hike early as it could get crowded.

4 days ago

This was a wonderful side trip away from the Vegas Strip. The temperature was perfect for a nice hike in late January. Easy parking and access to the trail. Definitely wear some good, non-slip hiking shoes. Part of the trail is very sandy and the other part you'll do some light rock scrambling. My shoes became slippery from the sand and while walking on the rocks I slipped and landed on my caboose which resulted in a very colorful bruise.

5 days ago

Be prepared for a little light scrambling. Shoes with grip are a must and having basic scrambling skills would help. I think this trail would have been more fun early in the morning when there are less people. The noise can get a little hectic and it begins to feel like your at an amusement park. Other than that, it was a beautiful trail with great views at the end. There is a loop trail that encircles the calico hills that might be of interest to someone who would like an extended version of this trail.

6 days ago

Fun hike. Lots of scrambling.

6 days ago

This is a great moderate hike for all ages. Its a lot of fun walking and scrambling around a bit over all of the red rocks once you get back into the canyon a bit. At the end it also has a great view of the entire Vegas Valley. Highly recommended all year round.

NOTES: During rainy season is the calico tanks might be filled full of water causing you to go around them instead of through them in order to reach the summit view.

12 days ago

Very fun hike with beautiful views. A must do hike in Red Rock Canyon!

15 days ago

Such a fun hike.

16 days ago

Fun chill hike!

20 days ago

This was a gorgeous hike. The view is amazing at the end of the trail. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking style shoes, so many people walking the trail in the wrong kind of shoes. There is light rock scrambling involved and lots of stairs.

28 days ago

Loved the views and varied plants and rock formations!

1 month ago

A very nice and fun trail. I recommend people to wear appropriate shoes to climb on some rocks going through the trail. Love the interval of the trail. Prefer coming here early in the morning.

Some rock scrambling fun. Awesome view.

1 month ago

Great hike for everyone, my son loved it! (4 years old)

1 month ago

Loved this hike! As a novice, it was my first scramble hike and the view at the top was awesome!

1 month ago

Fun hike- well traveled. There are stone steps in many places. Challenging without being too much. Wear good shoes! I saw people wearing flip flops - bad idea.

The weather was nice in December.
A short trail, families and kids would definitely enjoy exploring around since they can easily go off the beaten path and wander around.

1 month ago

Great hike! I recommend to anyone who loves hiking or would like to see a wonderful view of red rock :)

1 month ago

Great hike. A little bit of rock scrambling but doable for most. Incredible views the entire way. Parking lot gets full in the middle of good weather days.

1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Red Rock. It's short enough that even the most inexperienced hikers can enjoy it without issue. Although there are sections requiring rock/boulder scrambling, it really is a fairly moderate hike. The views are spectacular!

2 months ago

Love this hike !!! It has either easy or hard . Very good for climbing if your into that and beautiful views !!!

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