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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 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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Definitely a lot of scrambling & following the people aged of me but fun& a good work out. Beautiful scenery

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Went here for my second time hiking. The trail was easy to follow and there are lots of picturesque rock formations and views along the way. The tank was empty when we got there but the overlook view of the whole valley is the real treat!

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Big horn sheep and a great view of the valley!

hiking
4 days ago

Wish the trail had more markers! We got lost several times. Beautiful scenery nonetheless!

hiking
5 days ago

can get a little scrambled as there aren’t many trail marks. otherwise, I enjoyed the climbing!

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
7 days ago

Calico trail is GORGEOUS!!! For 2+ miles, you will be climbing over rocks 2/3 of the way to the end. Nevertheless, the mild to moderate climb (depending on your level of fitness) is worth the view. I wish their were more trail markers since you will do a lot of scrambling to figure out the best way to go. I understand the integrity of the trails are important, however a trail marker is essential for not only the best scenic experience but for safety as well. I hiked this with my boyfriend who's not a hiker nor an outdoorsy person (he wanted to make me happy) so I plan to do it again and go all the way. Overall, I highly recommend this trail. It will not disappoint! ;)

hiking
8 days ago

Very nice trail. Arrive early to avoid the heat and people with music without headphones

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Easily a favorite!! Class III scramble, amazing views and rocks the whole way! Short and great for a little morning hike but definitely enough to get blood pumping!

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this trail October 9. Stunning views around every corner. Fortunate to see a juvenile bighorn! Very highly recommend!

hiking
13 days ago

Haven’t hiked in a while and this was always my fav trail from back when I was in shape. It wasn’t that bad to get to the end... and the views are amazing. I love this trail!

hiking
14 days ago

This trail combines all the best of what Red Rock has to offer! Check out my full review at the link below: https://youtu.be/UxENoE19h0E The Hobby Hiker

hiking
14 days ago

The view at end...

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Excellent , scenic , moderate ,consider as basics for rock climbing for beginners . No need for equipment use 4 limbs .

hiking
17 days ago

Moderate trail with very good views of the mountains and the desert vegetation.

hiking
18 days ago

great hike although this time of the year the tanks are empty. make sure you walk past the last tank and there is an amazing view of Las Vegas.

hiking
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

To start, I am a NOVICE HIKER. My husband told me this trail is considered "moderate" so I thought it wouldn't be too bad. Yes, it was beautiful, but it was not well marked, and it was tough. I kept thinking to myself - if this is "moderate", what the heck is "rugged"?!?! At some points, we were so happy to see other hikers so they could tell us where we needed to go to get to the top. I'm in shape and fairly athletic, but this trail was still hard on my knees and was pretty challenging.

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