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
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

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.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

I took my 7 year old and this hike was perfect. not super long and not hard but there were plenty of climbing opportunities. Fun!

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

great views of petroglyphs!

hiking
5 months ago

Great short and easy trail along the petroglyphs!

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Short but fun, kid and dog friendly will do again