Petroglyph Canyon via Mouse's Tank Trail

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Valley of Fire State Park

Petroglyph Canyon via Mouse's Tank Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 55 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

Simply sandy walk, perfect end to the day

hiking
12 days ago

You pretty much walk through sand the whole trail.

hiking
19 days ago

This is a cool trail that is somewhat shaded. You will see many petroglyphs and lizards along the way! Pretty easy but definitely beautiful.

hiking
22 days ago

Very nice & picturesque trail leading back to Mouses Tank. Many petroglyphs along the way. Bring binoculars or telephoto lens for camera so they can be viewed close up. Also saw several Bighorns just a short distance from the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

More like a walk, did the dec of 2019, great for family

Nice flat walk for someone who wants to see petroglyphs without climbing stairs or hiking far. Went at dusk and bats were coming out of the crevices. Very cool.

hiking
2 months ago

Petroglyphs for dayz. Love me some petroglyphs. Sandy short path. You can get lost in the area (if you want to). For photos and information about this trail and more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

horseback riding
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Went with Dennis and Jim. On Nash

hiking
3 months ago

Loved the trail and the hieroglyphs. Trail is easy, sandy and flat. There is some shade not a lot. I was really surprised that there’s no barrier protecting the hieroglyphs. The hieroglyphs could easily be destroyed by someone just like the other location (Atlatl Rock) where someone wrote graffiti over a large portion of the ancient hieroglyphs.

hiking
3 months ago

Really easy. It was really busy when I went and there was lots of tour groups.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Fun easy hike...with interesting rock formations and petroglyphs.

hiking
4 months ago

The highlight of this hike was the walk itself through the canyon. Mouse's tank was underwhelming.

hiking
4 months ago

Mouse's Tank is the first parking lot after the Visitor's Center. The trail is very short and can be done by almost any skill level. The trail is very sandy and took us about 10 minutes to get to the end. Petroglyph Canyon Trail is also part of this hike where you can look and enjoy the petroglyphs on the rocks above you. TIP #1: Respect the petroglyphs. Do not mess with them. TIP #2: Petroglyph translations can be found at the trailhead TIP #3: This trail is a good warm up or "add on" to the other trails in Valley of Fire.

A short hike with amazing views. You can climb up on some of the rocks as well. Did this hike on a weekday afternoon and it wasn’t too busy. I think if you did the hike in the summer it would be quite rough, but it was pleasant in the winter.

Awesome hike for little kids with little pools to look into

Nice easy walk with a lot of pretty scenery

Just so great! Miss shade here than others and chilly in January. Don't miss this piece of history.

hiking
6 months ago

Mouse’s Tank Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! My first time hiking and it was a fantastic introduction.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

great trail for all ages and dogs. beautiful. nice weather for the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

As with most hikes in the park, you are completely exposed. Take the heat warning seriously. Have water and sturdy high top boots to keep the sand out. Sturdy sandals would work too. I would avoid tennis shoes. Petroglyphs are scattered about so keep looking around on the rock walls about 10 feet up.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked in early Oct. The petroglyphs are amazing.

hiking
7 months ago

mostly flat sand trail for hike, but nice rock formations and petroglyphs.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Trail is mostly sand. Petroglyphs are super cool to see and worth the very hot and sunny hike.

hiking
7 months ago

pretty solid trail with lots of sand. actually saw some sheep eating while I was hiking the trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Very nice easy hike with some cool Petroglyphs. Very enjoyable.

hiking
no shade
scramble
8 months ago

75 degrees but feels significantly warmer. Pack lots of water and take advantage of the shady alcoves to rehydrate. Walk is flat beach-like with many opportunities to go off trail for some scramble. Look up so you don’t miss the petroglyphs.

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