Grand Circle Adventure Trail

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Grand Circle Adventure Trail is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.8 miles
1492 feet

dogs on leash



trail running



wild flowers


old growth

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. The trailhead is located at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center.

21 days ago

someone posted that you camped out overnight on this trail? I didn't know you could camp here.

29 days ago

Good trail. Challenging terrain and footing at times. Really liked the trail. Will definitely be out there again

1 month ago

My 9 year old daughter and I hiked this trail over two days. We hiked counterclockwise from the visitor's center, and camped in the backcountry near Keystone Thrust (close to the midpoint of the trail). This trail affords spectacular views and incredible diversity. Although this hike is far from "technical", be prepared for soft/loose rocky sections, ample inclines/declines, and mild scrambling. Overall a very fun hike!

2 months ago

It's a great solo trail, and accommodates a pretty fast pace. Lots of intersections with roads and parking areas along the way to get help if needed.

I you have knees that ache towards the end of a hike, I would recommend doing this one counter-clockwise.

trail running
11 months ago

Pretty easy to follow. The Calico Trail is being worked on and is closed but you can still pass through without any problems. Great morning out there today 3/9/17.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This is a wonderful trail for endurance. It circles the inner valley of Red Rock Canyon, linking together many smaller trails.

There are many points of access to the trail. The most logical point of entry is the Visitors Center. This provides easy access and allows you to leave the park without having to travel the thirteen mile one-way road that circles it. As it is a loop hike one can start heading either east or west from the Visitors Center. I have travelled both ways several times and find heading west (clockwise) from the Visitors Center the more rewarding hike. This takes you through the central flatter area first, which can be perceived as boring when you’re nine miles into the hike and just want to get back to your car. You get wonderful views of the canyon’s dramatic western escarpment from here and have a more gentle ascent to the upper areas, which is great for the beginning part of the hike.

The maximum elevation gain is 1,655 feet, which is around 4,900 feet above sea level. This takes place almost exactly halfway through the hike at the White Rock Spring parking area. From there the descent through the midlands will give you plenty of privacy, even on spring weekends (avoid the park on April and May weekends if possible. It gets REALLY crowded). Then you get to finish the hike traveling through the rocky Sandstone Quarry region and the beautiful red rocks of the Calico area.

Give yourself plenty of time and bring far more water than you think you’ll need. You will love this hike.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Amazing hike with views of the desert, the strip, and mountains. Not a lot of elevation change but is difficult due to the length and condition of the trail. Be careful halfway cause once you pass the ranger station and get down the gravel road you will cross the scenic road and there is a sharp left you need to make once past the road. If you keep going straight and end up in the wash you missed it.

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