Grapevine Canyon Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews

Grapevine Canyon Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Laughlin, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.6 miles
400 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Waterfalls and 1000 year old Petroglyphs. You start the hike with a workout. A 1/4 mile walk in a sandy, dry river bed. The real pleasure and sense of history starts at the mouth of the canyon. 1000 year old Native American Indian Petroglyphs start at eye level and continue up several hundred feet up the canyon wall. Stay to the left as you continue up the canyon, the trails are visible but not marked. You will be rewarded with tremendous views of the Colorado River Valley and 3 seasonal waterfalls which are gorgeous when running. You will find why the canyon was named what it was. A gigantic patch of wild grapevines running over a 100 feet long and stretching from canyon wall to canyon wall. Past the 3rd waterfall you will find deep, natural bath tubs worn into the rocks. Great place to soak those weary bones after the climbing you'll do to get there. Just remember, stay left as you go up the canyon. You'll be rewarded with some very interesting geological surprises along the way.

5 months ago

The trail is a hard one to follow, but stay in general area and direction, it was worth it to get to the water falls. I will do this hike again after it rains to actually see water flowing off the water falls.

5 months ago

Take plenty of water on warmer days. I spent hours exploring this area and plan to go back in the fall

5 months ago

Petroglyphs you can walk right up to. Hidden oasis that during times of he years has a trickle of water in this otherwise barren desert.

6 months ago

Petroglyphs are awesome

7 months ago

Took the family on this little hike...did about 2 miles...lots to see and explore, saw a small trickling waterfall. The petroglyphs were a hit with the wife! My daughters did great and loved climbing some of the boulders in the wash.

7 months ago

Great scenic trail... The youngest in the group was our 5 year old daughter and she loved it.

7 months ago

great easy hike, we took the kids so we didn't go too deep into the canyon itself but we did take multiple side trails out of the wash and into the boulders and hills. Great time exploring!

9 months ago

Great hike, generally easy but can be more challenging if you go all the way to the end of the trail or if you take side routes. There are multiple waterfalls depending on the time of year you go. If you go during spring, water is not far from the mouth of the canyon where all the petroglyphs are. There is also water at the end of the trail. The further you hike, the fewer petroglyphs you will see, furthest back I've seen them is near the cottonwood trees. The grapevine changes color in the fall and the weather is generally nice so a good time to make the hike but less water that time of year. As mentioned by others, there is a short slot canyon further back the trail. Lots of wildlife and beautiful rock formations.

10 months ago

Took a group of students and we had a great time. If you go back into the boulders, make sure you have hiking boots and long pants. It is rough but the views are amazing!

11 months ago

Great little hike in the desert. Some scrambling up boulders but nothing too hard. Good variety of wild life. Too late in the year for the waterfall. Some trash removed.

11 months ago

This trail is crazy cool! Short and sweet, but full of wondrous sights. Think the waterfalls mighta been all dried up though.

11 months ago

great hike, awesome day.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fun hike with a small amount of scrambling. Stunning when the wildflowers are blooming.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Easy Hike, beautiful scenery.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Super cool but too short, I wanted more. Worth seeing

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Lots of green plants and plenty of animal life; we saw so many lizards and butterflies along the way. The water is beautiful & there is not much trash along the trail. Bonus points for having clean outhouses at the trailhead. The ancient art work is amazing ! There's also a mini slot canyon leading up to the end of the trail, with a small pool & waterfall waiting.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful scenery. Lots of wild flowers, clear water stream. Just disappointed we didn't find the waterfalls. But overall it was fun.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

We had a fantastic time on this trail!! Couldn't have chosen a better one to get a real feel for the area. Not to mention the HUNDREDS of ancient Native petroglyphs!! They're right at the beginning of the hike near the creek so you don't have to exhaust yourself to see them. You can walk right up to them! The vibe you get from that beautiful, sacred area is unreal.
We wanted a shorter, harder hike so we opted to stray from the trail and climb a nearby peak. The terrain off the trail is quite difficult but it was awesome for us since we love scrambling! Wish we could come back to hike to the end of the trail and see the spring! Next time. :)
Bring lots of water!!! It's hot!
Wear thick boots and long pants if you can. There's lots of pokey plants and loose gravel. Nothing you can't avoid if you're careful though. I wore shorts and left with barely a scrape!

Monday, February 13, 2017

It is more like rock climbing. Not hiking

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Had a great walk !! Gotta go see 1000 year old Indian drawings.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The directions will take you about a half mile passed the turnoff to the trail head, although it was pretty easy to figure out that we needed to turn around and take the CHRISTMAS TREE PASS EXIT, from there follow the signs about two miles to a parking area.
We went New Years Eve 2016 and there were a lot of people on the trail, and despite this the back half of the trail was much less trafficked and pretty over grown with thorny bushes. Our clothes got a little snagged.
There are a lot of different little ways to use the trail depending on how difficult you want to make it. I would not suggest this trail to anyone who isn't comfortable climbing big slippery rocks or hiking up steep hills. We brought our husky/shepherd dog and she did really well jumping up and over 5+ foot rocks, but I definitely would not call this trail dog or kid friendly.
Over all though it was a really good hike and we got some incredible views.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Amazing Magical Place!
lots of rock climbing, good grip boots recommended. Many nice big reptiles along the way great for kids who enjoy climbing and exploring (bit dangerous for beginners). Trail is not well maintained and could be difficult to figure out the way. Sacred paintings are beautiful and there's something magical and spiritually in that mountain (personal experience). Good family adventure and overall an amazing place to explore!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hike at your own risk. The trail is not well maintained. Vines and bushes are growing out of control. Therefore, it blocked the path over boulders. View is awesome though. Bring a truck ,
Bumpy road for smaller cars.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It was 114 degrees outside and I can't think of a better way to spend our 1 year wedding anniversary! Hiking this trail was fantastic!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Petroglyphs were amazing find, the trail is not well defined and no information of how far is the waterfall. It is a good hike to explorer, just have plenty of time.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Beautiful place to hike and enjoy nature. Dec 1 2015 the weather was perfect.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Great short hike! Lots of petroglyphs! Mind the tarantulas and commune with the ancients!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

This hike was Great! Made it to the Waterfall but next time we'll have to time it right when it rains to hike up there.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Came across this trail while driving across Christmas tree pass. Set out around 8:30 in the morning with my father and friend. Easy hike with some fun areas to climb up on top of some large rocks. Petroglyphs are definitely an added bonus to see. Had a great time and would suggest for anyone.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My wife and I started hiking the canyon 20 years ago when we were just dating. Over the years we have sporadically visited it, but not with much regularity. We decided to go last Sunday 3/16/14 and it was still an amazing hike. Our 17 year-old son loved it and I found myself and my son chasing the lizards, and climbing the boulders. Beautiful views, easy to moderate hike with some tight spots. Glad we hit it up again.

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