Griffith Canyon Petroglyphs

EASY 15 reviews

Griffith Canyon Petroglyphs is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Spanish Springs, Nevada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no shade

historic site

Nice, family friendly hike to view some very nice petroglyphs. There are also a few Geocache's along the route.

hiking
1 day ago

I almost stepped on a baby rattlesnake. It was awesome.

hiking
18 days ago

23 days ago

Kids loved it!

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of cool rock formations and random lizards leaping everywhere. Pretty neat experience for my 5 year old son. Even with limited trail experience, he did well.

The petroglyphs were a really cool step back in time. Some of the imagery is very literal, whereas with some of the other stuff you get to have fun guessing.

Really easy trail. Just follow the creek bed and you're on the right track. There are a few well worn areas adjacent to the creek bed that make the trek even easier.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

this trail head isn't marked. make sure your phone is charged before you go so you can access GPS while you're out. This trail follows a riverbed, make sure there's no rain in the forecast. Wear closed toed shoes and long pants and sunscreen! I only saw a few lizards, but others said they saw rattlesnakes and the foliage on the trail can scratch and cut you. You may want to make sure you have a high clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead because there are several places along the drive out that are uneven and rocky.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike and the petroglyphs are fantastic. Saw one rattlesnake just past the main wall of petroglyphs and a large owl. No water on this trail and not much cell service. Side note: if you are going to post on here that you did the trail, don't carve your initials into a tree, KS.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is a stretch. More of a wash. Parking is just a semi flat area on the side of the road, is limited to maybe probably five cars, and is pretty difficult to get into. Large groups will struggle getting in and out. Still a super fun trail. I've been here 3 or 4 times and really enjoy it. Watch out though, lots of foxtails and I came across a rattlesnake once.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike that features some super cool lizards on a sunny afternoon. I parked on a small, flat area just past where Alltrails depicts the trail head. Crossed the dirt road, and just stuck to the riverbed. There is no marked trailhead. Beware there are plenty of foxtails near the beginning of the trail.

3 months ago

We loved this hike for our kids. it was fun and educational for them and a great experience to show them the beautiful rock formations. We love to learn about Nevada history and see the artifacts. We also used this trail as another chance to teach our kids about leaving no footprints and traces of being present. Just appreciate it and take your memories/photos.

3 months ago

Drove out never did find the trail head or anything that looked like a trail so we turned back. Disappointing

hiking
3 months ago

Not exactly a trail as much as a dry creek bed with a few tread areas. That being said this was a great short canyon hike and the glyphs are beautiful. Rocky but very easy in general. Rock formations are almost as interesting as the glyphs. Saw a lot of lizards and birds as well. No trail head or marker indicates the official beginning.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
11 months ago