Calico Tanks Trail

MODERATE 254 reviews

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

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
436 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

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.

trail running
1 hour ago

run, boulder, stroll. it's a playground.

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2 days ago

Very busy.

hiking
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hiking
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18 days ago

This trail is such an amazing workout, with an incredibly rewarding pond up at the end of the trail, and a great view of the entire city of Las Vegas when you trek beyond.

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1 month ago

Definitely a moderate trail. Fantastic and fun for my kids who are a little adventurous :)

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hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, for adventurous people, there are all different types of rocks and platforms to climb. The colors of the rocks are unbelievable in their shades of rust.

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hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous finish to a beautiful hike. View of Vegas, rock colors are stunning, and there's some bouldering opportunities. It can be windy through that final stretch, so bring a layer and/or beanie if you're catching the colder hours of the day. Great spot to take visitors!

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