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Petroglyph Canyon Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sloan, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 564 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

Historic site

No dogs

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NOTE: As of January 2020, the normal Petroglyph Trail is closed for repairs. There is a temporary trail that begins behind the ranger's trailer. Petroglyphs can be found along the 100 trail. It is very rocky and you have to do a lot of scrambling. If you don’t like rock climbing, then take the 200 trail to get to the pictographs.

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Recordings (339)
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Rebecca Ricu
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

We went early at 6am to beat the heat & trailhead parking was closed, so we had to park .5 miles away & walk in. Great trail & beautiful sights. A little bit of scrambling. We missed the turn to cowboy trail & ended up on hidden valley trail. Very beautiful but due to heat had to head back. We will go back when cooler. We did in total a little over 8 miles.

Bryan Thompson
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HikingRockyScramble

Very nice trail not hard at all except for some rock scrambling on the 100 trail. The last dry pour over is a bit of a challenge but after that you are rewarded with amazing Petroglyphs on the side of the hill. The 200 trail is easier but has a slight grade to it with no pour overs to climb. I got about seven miles on this one but I did part of the 300 trail (Hidden Valley) as well. Will be back later when it's cooler to go further up the trails.

Daniel Avins
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HikingNo shade

Awesome trail!!

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Michael Hambas
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Hiking

An excellent hike with beautiful petroglyphs to enjoy. Unless you are part mountain goat, strongly suggest you continue following the petroglyph trail where it splits with cowboy trail as climbing up the dry waterfalls is easier/safer than climbing down. After the petroglyphs section you will connect with the cowboy trail. Marker posts are in middle of the trail. Cowboy trail is an easy downhill but rocky so watch your step. It will reconnect with petroglyph trail and back to parking lot. Enjoy.

Mari Rene
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Great trail go early. Went left at the fork and had a few climbs to go up to get to petroglyphs. Cowboy tray on return has a lot of loose gravel and uneven surfaces. Be sure you have plenty of water

Irina Lubane
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Ashley Wilkinson
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HikingBugsOff trailRockyScramble

Fun family hike! Watch for snakes, we seen one on the trail not far from the parking lot. When you get to the loop, going left or right, we went right. You’ll climb up the scramble rather than down, which seemed easier. There are a few large rocks you’ll have to slide down, luckily they’re smooth. Watch for the oil nest!

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Ken Hislop
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

Extremely hot trail at this time of year with little to no shade. You don't see the petroglyphs until almost half way along the trail but they are very interesting! Easy to follow trail. There are some very interesting flying insects in the small trees along the trail.

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Joanna Wurm
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HikingBugs

Found a wedding band on the trail and a giant rattlesnake. My email is joannawuv143@hotmail.com if the band is yours.

Julie Marie Kyriacou
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

June 1st hike. Loved this hike because I love history. Got a little frustrated because I did not see any Petroglyphs and I was a little over half way in. Boy was I wrong. AMAZING! Followed this map exactly. First half of taking the Cowboy Trail has lots of scrambling up but it is not difficult. I was lucky enough to see several white owls in the canyon after the Petroglyphs where you have to do a couple of scrambling areas. I started this at 6:15am and had lots of shade and not hot at all.

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Cindy Magnussen
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Hiking

Parking on the street while the trail is closed adds 1.5 miles. We went early and we were the only people there. It was getting much busier around 9:30 am. I think this trail is manageable for most people, but there is one area that the scramble is more difficult. Bring water.

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ROSEMARY GONZALEZ
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Hiking

Great trail. Amazing that petroglyphs are 10,000 years old. A bit strenuous as you need to climb 5 very different dry waterfalls to get to glyphs. But totally worth it. Trail is a bit longer now that they added visitor center and moved parking back about 1/2 mile.

Mike Scanlon
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HikingBugsRocky

Great mix of canyons, light rock climbing, mountain valleys, streams, very scenic

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Jeff Kempski
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HikingClosedNo shade
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