Petroglyph Canyon via Mouse's Tank Trail

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Petroglyph Canyon via Mouse's Tank Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Overton, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
55 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

bugs

Short, easy walk through canyon filled with prehistoric indian petroglyphs Petroglyph Canyon at Valley of Fire State Park is probably the most accessible way for visitors to view petroglyphs. The walk is short and very easy in the sandy bottom of this narrow canyon. Resist the temptation to touch the petroglyphs as they are easily damaged and cannot be repaired, or replaced. Absolutely no one alive today knows for certain what these ancient markings mean, but there is an informational sign at the trail entrance which explains some of the most commonly accepted interpretations. As you walk through this canyon, it is easy to imagine that you're transported back in time -- the grandeur and solitude (if you're lucky that is) of these brilliant red sandstone cliffs is almost overwhelming. In the summertime, the heat in this canyon is stifling and intense -- best viewed early in the morning or just before sunset; daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees, and 120 degrees is considered common. Carry water with you year-round.

hiking
3 hours ago

easy short hike for kids and pets to see lots of amazing petroglyphs. The sand is hot for pets, be careful. We saw 4 big horn sheep!

WOW!! Me fascinó hermoso lugar.

hiking
28 days ago

Un paseo muy hermoso me encantó.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little trail for the kids. Saw a handful of good sized lizards. Just long enough to "get a hike in", but not TOO long for little ones. We've got 5, the littlest two being 2 & 3, and they did great.

2 months ago

So many petroglyphs! I’ve never seen this many in one place before. I was really impressed.

hiking
3 months ago

Many petroglyphs to see- don't miss this short hike!

3 months ago

Easy fun hike with a lot of petroglyphs and beautiful rock formations. The little “water tank” at the end is pretty neat and boast some great scenery

3 months ago

Really cool canyon with petroglyphs.

4 months ago

very nice, but certainly not my favorite hike in this park

hiking
4 months ago

Fun little family trail, great to take off shoes and just walk in the sand.

hiking
5 months ago

easy hike and loads of petroglyphs high up on your left as you walk toward the end of hike. lots of traffic on this hike. at the end, look for the stone bowl in ground where native americans used to ground corn and such.

6 months ago

Beautiful/fun

6 months ago

Nice little walk to see petroglyphs

7 months ago

A great hike. We continued passed the end of the official end of the trail pass the tank. Continuing up the wash is where it really gets interesting and you can really scramble and make the hike as hard as you want and as long as you want. We saw plenty of goats.
I am amazed that more hikers don’t hike this park. It truly is beautiful and close to Vegas. Many locals don’t even know about it. Weird!

hiking
7 months ago

My 2nd favorite hike in the park. Lots of petroglyphs, lots of interesting sandstone formations, windows, and caves, and then the tank you could crawl down into. There is a lot of loose sand, so one of our party members with ankle issues struggled on the hike (as well as every other hike in the park). But for someone in fair health, this is a very pleasant and enjoyable hike.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a very short hike. Enjoyable for all ages. My kids were 1 & 3 when we first hiked this trail and even my 1 year old was able to walk through some of it. Now that they are older they enjoy scrambling through the rocks and finding petroglyphs. This trail is a must do if you are visiting The Valley of Fire.

8 months ago

Easy picturesque walk through red sand. Saw many Petroglyphs and big horn sheep.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a fun little trail. Plenty of petroglyphs to see along the way as if the red sand and rocks weren’t enough scenery. The trail is family and dog friendly just be ready to have a sandy dog! Also note that this trail is marked as Mouse’s Tank. There is a fun little backstory to that name as well.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent for small kids & big kids! It's like a playground!

hiking
8 months ago

Interesting petroglyphs, definitely worth the hike. Easy trail, bring plenty of water.

8 months ago

Easy walk though be prepared to get your shoes full of red sand! Beautiful views of the red rocks especially in late afternoon!

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice petroglyphs. The trail itself is ok.

9 months ago

Beautiful views and an easy walk, not even a hike! Worth the sand trudging!! End of the trail is marked as such, and there is a little pool of water between big rocks! Love Valley of Fire and every single thing it has to offer.

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent hike and very easy. Make sure to slow down and look around, even up high. There are more petroglyphs on this hike than I've ever seen in one place and they are all over the trail! Pay close attention to where you choose to sit or set items down due to the fire ants.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I've never seen so many petroglyphs in one place! An easy hike through sand.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wonderful Petroglyphs, just so many of them. You can't see much of the hiding place but you do see some birds and lovely to hear them chirping away.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

This hike has an amazing number of pictographs. Almost every patch of black has pictographs on them. Some are at eye level and some are almost to the top of the canyon. I've never seen so many different pictograph is such a small space.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

A beautiful and easy hike through sand, the views are amazing.

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

My favorite trail in VOF. Amazingly preserved petroglyphs and an easy hike. It is in sand though, as all the trails are in this park. So keep that in mind. No shade.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Four stars for the scenery. VERY easy hike even for the youngsters. Another "wow" hike in Valley of Fire.

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