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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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.

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no shade
15 days ago

17 days ago

Great Trail...few parts are difficult to navigate because there are a few paths. We did get to see some Burros hanging out near the trail. Best to do this hike in the Fall/Winter/Spring...no shade.

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1 month ago

This ended up being a really nice hike, so it was a little long and pretty much a continuous up then continuous down. This was pretty much a cactus garden – barrel cactus, hedgehog, chollas, something out of prickly pear family, but fuzzy; and lots of them. We did see burros but they were at the horse ranch looking for a free hand out. We were hiking along the east side of a ridge above a canyon with views into and across the canyon. We pretty much followed this canyon till both ridges met. Yes there are rocky sections, yes there are steps (for horses), but there are also fossils (of clams), there are views back to RRC which we saw was experiencing “graupel” shower. During this hike we came upon horse riders, mountain bikers and a young family among other hikers.

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private property
rocky
1 month ago

Did this trail today with my best friend, and it ended up being around 4.9 miles of the loop. Maintaining a pretty much right-moving path any time you get to a fork will help extremely in staying on the loop. It took us an hour and 57 minutes to complete the trail. The views were amazing, and you're able to see Mt. Charleston behind the La Madre Mountains the higher you climb on the trail, and you'll have an aerial view of the Gypsum Mine. Only issue with the trail is that some sections are labeled with "Private Property" signs, but we had no problems on the hike, and the trail was still a maintained trail, so the signs are more than likely old (some were torn down on the ground). Overall, the trail is not difficult to follow. if you maintain right turns when you get to forks, and turn left when the trail is crossed by another trail, then you should easily find your way through the trail. No scrambling really necessary, the trail is visible nearly 98% of the time. The occasional limestone does block view of the trail, but if you just look up/ahead a little, you'll be able to see the trail again.

10 months 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.

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11 months ago

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

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Monday, February 19, 2018

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!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

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.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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
Thursday, November 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Spectacular views!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

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.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

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

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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.

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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.

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Friday, December 09, 2016

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

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Very cool trail some interesting landscape

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