Fossil Ridge Loop

MODERATE 44 reviews

Fossil Ridge Loop is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
784 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

Blue Diamond Hill, across from the main part of Red Rock Canyon, offers some great hiking trails. Many of these were created by mountain bikers and some were created by the horseback riding concession that operates near the trailhead. Parking for this hike is along SR 159 just outside the entrance to the horseback riding road. The hike takes you in the road and then right and into a canyon. The trail meanders back and forth as the canyon makes its way to the top of Blue Diamond Hill.

1 month ago

I loved this trail, great scenery. I did however fall and broke my wrist, can’t wait till I can do it again, just as soon as I get the cast off.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. however, you definitely want to pay attention as you may get lost because the trail is sometimes hard to identify.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail, but trail markers would be nice! We strayed from the trail twice when the path wasn’t as defined but once we realized we were heading the wrong way it was easy to get back to the trail. Great views and not a lot of people so that was nice!

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite kind of trail because there was almost no traffic. It's just past the visitor's center on your left. You will see a sign for horseback riding and the trailhead is just after the sign to the right. The terrain is Rocky but no boulders to climb. The rail does not have a sign marking it not are there markers along the way. There are a few spots were the trail is pretty Rocky and it can be tricky to see exactly which way it goes. The view is AMAZING! If you are into photography this trail is for you.

6 months ago

Nice easy trail if you follow the right path. Trail forks several times. If you're using the app you'll be fine. Great scenery and cool rock formations. Bring plenty of water. Great workout!

mountain biking
7 months ago

This trail didn't have very great markers, so screenshots were the way to go once we reached a fork. There are so many upsides to this trail; from being up and away from the highway, the amazing scenery, and plenty of small desert critters. I love the many rock formations, and chances to see fossils and imprints of them was pretty cool, too. keep in mind that these trails are used for horseback, so I wouldn't recommend bringing the pups off leash. I'm quite the noobie when it comes to mt. biking, so the bike was walked pretty much the whole way up, and shredded the way down. I'll keep coming back here, it's so peaceful way back into the small canyon.

8 months ago

Spectacular views!

8 months ago

It was hot better to hit it first thing in the morning. If you want to shorten hike take a left at the fork by the rock formation and caution snake sign. That left will reduce the hike to around 2.38 miles. Still a good hike and gorgeous views!

10 months ago

Beautiful cactus and rock formations. Saw a land Tortoise and a tarantula.

hiking
11 months ago

Enjoyed this trail very much. Not much foot traffic. Hiked from in the valley and saw some fossils of course. Amazing to think it was once under water. Be careful in the summer months, great places for Rattlesnakes to surprise you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Good brisk hike up a ridge with a deep canyon by.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Very nice early in the morning before there are bikes on the trail.

hiking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stunning views of Red Rock across the road, unique terrain that's unlike what you find in the national conservation area or in Calico Basin. Not very tough but so beautiful. Definitely recommend.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

I think the views on the eastern side were better. We found some great fossils of sea shells in the rocks, so keep your eyes open. Moderate is a great classification, the up hill bits aren't long or very steep. If you're new to hiking this would be a great introduction.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2016

Great hike and def. worth it to see all of the fossils along the trail!

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

definitely a cool hike, lots of interesting fossils and rocks. amazing views of red rock!

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Very cool trail some interesting landscape

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