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Grand Circle Adventure Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 11.7 mi Elevation gain 1,564 ft Route type Loop

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Grand Circle Loop

Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701

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

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Mark Radoja
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Hiking

Great long hike. I went pretty quick with couple 10 min break. Follow black trail not the red line.

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Dakota Martorana
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Hiking

This was a great trail!! Definitely a good day out! The trail it’s self was pretty easy to follow. I went counter clockwise wise so I had an easier ending. Since I started this hike later in the afternoon than wanted, I walked the road to cut of a section to finish in time. Definitely wanna return to this hike!

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Betsy Avila
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Aye Name
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FeeRocky

My dog and I couldn't finish this due to vehicles (the pink tourism jeeps and other 4WD) constantly passing us by, throwing dirt and rocks in our faces. pink tourism jeeps.

Shira Simon
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HikingFee

Mostly well marked trail giving a great overview of the park. Hiking it in November, we even saw some snow on the ground. Hiked counterclockwise to have the easier part at the end. Even on a holiday weekend, we mostly encountered people near parking areas off the scenic loop. Very enjoyable if you are looking for a longer trail.

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Iisko Lappalainen
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I nice trail for running, some rocky and some sandy parts but otherwise very runnable. You could run this all the way, but for a few rocky sections it's probably better to walk. I went counter-clockwise, this is good since you get some morning shade in the Calico parts of the trail. Most of the trail is totally open terrain. Saw some wildlife, like lizards and rabbits. The scenery is open desert plain most of the time with some scenic views over the Calico canyon and rock formations. Besides near the parking lots, there were very few people on the longer parts of the trail.

Tom Shaw
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James Clark
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Hiking

Loved this loop. If you were only here 1 day maybe it would be best to do another trail. However, if you have multiple days this loop is very cool. All single track and is good overview of the entire main part of the park.

Toni Mcnamara
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Running

Great trail with enough elevation to challenge the runner! It’s not muddy anymore. Did it in 2hrs 47 minutes. Can’t wait to go back and do it again next week!

Christopher Hollis
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H Andress
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Hiking

Great trail, basically a walking tour of Red Rock. I've done it clockwise and counterclockwise and don't really have a a preference on which is the "better" way to travel the loop. Clockwise gets the "boring" Jeep trail out of the way and leaves the scenic Calico portion for the end. Counterclockwise gives you a great scenic start and ends with an easier return on the Jeep trail. Can't go wrong either way. Pretty easy to follow, can get a little hard to find the trail when it intersects with the trailheads but nothing too frustrating. Definitely recommend waiting for cooler weather to do this hike.

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

Ken Yepsen
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Hiking

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

Carlyn Olive
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Backpacking

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!

Ryan LeMond
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Hiking

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.

Matt Addessi
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Running

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.

Roy R.
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Hiking

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.

Anthony Gaglione
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Hiking

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.

William Demaree
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Natalie Martin
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Steve Mankoski
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Jake Jones
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Andy X
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Tom Finlayson
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Jason McClellan
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Jennifer Patterson
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