La Madre Springs Trail

EASY 84 reviews

La Madre Springs Trail is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
698 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




wild flowers


over grown

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. Once at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center turn west onto a trail. Automobiles are along on the trail. Continue until Willow spring parking lot.

16 days ago

Incline up the hills weren't to bad but the offroad rocks at the start are a bit of a pain to walk. Only one sign letting you know you're still on the path. Couple of extra markers would be nice. Almost turned around because I wasn't sure if I was on the correct path.

2 months ago

A great and relatively easy way to get back into parts of Red Rock that you can’t see from the loop drive. The backside of white rock is beautiful and the trail climbs enough to reach some different environments with more vegetation. Nice little creek at the end. Beware bikes, ATVs and some SUVs on the early part of the trail which starts on an unmaintained road. Half mile in and you’re only on trails though so not bad.

3 months ago

Unfortunately did not get a payoff at the end of the trail. Highlights included many deer mules roaming around. I will have to reevaluate the hike and rating. Just learned if you continue on the path their is a abandoned "cabin" and mines to explore.

6 months ago

Great trail while visiting Vegas with good views of the canyons

7 months ago

Amazing views of a forest (and creek at the very top) surrounded by a variety of epic layered rock formations

7 months ago

Fun Xmas hike with 9 year olds

8 months ago

Very nice hike. Lovely spring at the end. Lots of side trails

8 months ago

First part is on rocky road used by off-road vehicles. Decent incline to the spring. Views aren't extremely remarkable, but there were some pretty views of the back side of the Red Rock mountains. The spring was a little underwhelming. Didn't make it up to the old mining house further up Fromm the spring....wish we had. Dog did great on the trail. Wasn't very busy at all early on a Saturday morning.

9 months ago

Decent incline, not too strenuous, a bit on the dull side but the views near the end are really great. Lots of cars/jeeps on this trail.

11 months ago

Kind of away from most of the busier trails in Red Rock with lots of other small trails to venture off on. Not really very difficult with a gravel path the whole way really

11 months ago

Definitely more of a moderate than easy hike, but maybe that was just me. Not much shade at the beginning of the trail. Once you cross the creek, the trail is a little overgrown and slightly harder to follow. There's a few steep parts at the end. My friend and I went down the wrong path a few times but eventually we found the tiny waterfall at the end! A staff member at the visitor center told us that if you go there early enough, you might see some wildlife. We didn't see any, but maybe I'll come back to try again.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was my first hike ever. 31 and getting out more. I loved it, Maybe a little farther past " the end " the springs open up more, we found a little water creek, but my assumption was this time of year it's not as active. Beautiful though.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pretty hike, lots of deer, but the name is a bit deceiving. Not sure the trail actually goes all the way to any springs. Someone mentioned a small dam had been put in at some point farther up. Was nice to check it off the list tho. Red Rock is gorgeous!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Moderate hike for a beginner like myself with a steady incline. Not much water in the springs this time of year but scenery was pleasant.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Was worth the hike. A little bit more difficult than most "easy" hikes ranked on here. The beautiful spring was worth it.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice hike. The loose stones made it tough on ankles in spots. Loved the flowers--thanks rain!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

best one around

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beautiful trail, very peaceful. Loved it!

Monday, January 23, 2017

This was a very simple, easy trail. The view there and back is what you should look forward to. It leads you to a small creek, in the winter at least. There was a steady incline there and I did break a sweat and had slightly heavier breathing. The path there is mostly rocks and dirt. We went on a nice winter day in January. The weather was low 60s so in the shade we were cold but when we were moving or in the sun it was hot. Anyone can do this hike, if you have low cardiovascular endurance just don't be afraid to stop and catch your breath and drink water. Enjoy!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Trail wasn't bad at all, must go in the morning if you're looking to catch a big horn. I saw 8 mule deer but I'm from PA so not that exciting haha very peaceful hike and gives you the feeling that you're away from the main drive

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The first part of the trail is a steady incline to the little spring. The stream had more water than I thought and once we hit it, we followed it off trail and found some amazing plants, frogs, and frog eggs. It was cooler by the spring so it was beautiful, even in the 90 degrees and heat of the May sun. I would love to hit this trail in the fall so I could explore even more of the stream into the hills.

Friday, January 29, 2016

We love Red Rocks for a winter hike.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

For a gorgeous area this hike falls short... mostly man made rock path. Nice views but straight path with no real interesting characteristics. The only hike at Red Rock we have done so far that we would not repeat.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

I thought this trail is boring. Half the trail it was just man made rocks to give hikers a trail. Thought the spring would be cool but you can barely call it is a spring. Very disappointing trail.

Monday, June 02, 2014

My wife and I did this trail and we did go above the spring , we liked it much more when we started climbing but we had gotten a late start and it was getting hot, too late in the afternoon so we came back, do it early in the

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Talk about some serious serenity, an individual mental & physical race to the top!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The hike to the springs is uneventful - wide, level trail that is well-marked and passes two homestead sites. It did feel like there was plenty of elevation gain, but I never looked at a topo. If you only hiked to the springs then I can see how you would think the trail is ho-hum.

But the trail keeps going! You have to hop across the stream several times and the trail gets narrow, but it is very pretty back up in there and you can see lots of birds.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Average hike, don't expect anything exciting when you arrive at the spring.
Wasn't too had for a 3 mile round trip hike.
Wish we had researched it more, probably better hikes to do.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

nice hike, beautiful desert flowers and landscape. lotsa sun so bring sunblock. an incline is a lil bit of a breather for it is steady path of gravel ending @ 5000 ft elevation. the spring is a nice lil place to have a sit and snack. we were joined by two blue belly lizzards. A nice reprieve but I had higher expectations still, worth the gander tho.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Did this as a short add on to the white rock loop. Great steady incline . I did not go past the dam, but after reading the reviews I am definitely heading pass the dam next time.

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