Keystone Thrust Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Keystone Thrust Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. Once at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center turn northwest onto a paved road. Continue on the paved road until the Upper White Rock Springs parking lot.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

As a beginner, I think Keystone is one of the better trails in Red Rock. It's challenging enough but not prohibitive for younger kids. After you round the hill and head down toward the thrust, you have an amazing view of the valley.

It's important to note that there are two parking areas for White Rock. If you're only doing Keystone then I suggest driving up the road to the Upper White Rocks parking area. As of June 2017 this road was horrible. I'm not sure if they have plans to pave or resurface the road but there are large, basketball sized rocks and small boulders to avoid as to not damage your vehicle. I would recommend you bring an SUV, Crossover or pickup if you're able. Small cars with low clearance need to be very cautious.

hiking
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2 months ago

I would rate this trial easy, but with some elevation. it was unclear where the trail ended, so I may not have made it to the end. nearby Calico Tank trail was so much better. nothing to see on the trail you cannot see from the road.

hiking
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3 months ago

Nice hike. More "moderate" than "easy" due to the uphill climb. Path on app did not match the official park trail.

4 months ago

Very nice you do have to pay to go in

hiking
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hiking
6 months ago

Good trail with kids. About the right distance and inclination to be doable and a little challenging. Takes about 2h from parking lot.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a moderately difficult out and back trail which gives nice views of the surrounding area. Portions of the trail are a bit rough, but for the most part is easily trafficked gravel. We saw plenty of kids and pets successfully completing the trail. Views at the end are great and you can kind of see a bit of everything that Red Rock Canyon has to offer in one short hike. We combined this with the white rock/la madre springs loop for a total of ~10 miles.