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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

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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.

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

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

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

hiking
no shade
scramble
16 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

More people on the trail than I expected on a Tuesday in September.

hiking
1 month ago

Went earlier in the day, so the temps. weren't bad. The petroglyphs were easy to spot, but the "tank" was empty this time of the year.

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely hot temperatures kept us from completing this short trail. I made the ultimate error and wore sandals. Felt like I was walking on fire as the temperature was 106 degrees! Petroglyphs were easy to find.

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly easy trail with beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed the petroglyphs!

hiking
3 months ago

cute trail of you don't mind hot sand and hotter rocks

hiking
4 months ago

Temperature was about 85F. Good hike late morning, not crowded. Sandy surface makes hiking a little more difficult. Don’t miss the water pool to the right of the large formation at the end of the trail.

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

4 months ago

Awesome little trail to do with kids. Depending on time of day, it's mostly shaded and quiet. We loved this little trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Petroglyphs were wonderful to see. Went in February a few years ago, thus perfect temperature.

Doll don't go if it's hotter than 65F

hiking
5 months ago

Neat to see all the petroglyphs along the trail. Not hard or long at all.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiking here at 3:00 is probably not a great idea as it gets pretty hot even in April, but we wanted to check out the park on a drive back to Vegas from Zion. This trail was short so it wasn’t too bad in the heat. The petroglyphs were why we picked this trail and they were worth seeing for sure! Not too much vandalism on them either which was good to see. Nice spring flowers in bloom this time of year too! Only complaint was the trail was pretty much all sand which is tough to walk in, especially if it is hot outside. I’d recommend doing this hike in morning/evening to avoid heat and also get nicer colors on the rock. Really nice state park, wish we could have explored here longer!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice petroglyphs. Soft sand.

rocky
6 months ago

maother nature is a wonderful artist. a good trail. We went off the beaten path it would be very easy to get lost.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

The petroglyphs made this trail worthwhile, they were pretty amazing and there were so many. The canyon is also pretty and has flowers and lizards. However, the trail was like walking on a beach with random rocks popping up, all wearing sneakers, not my favorite. We were very confused by the Mouse Tanks. We got what we thought was the end, but couldn't really see the water that we expected. It wasn't marked, we looked through a small opening, that was crowed with 4 people and more waiting. The water looked to be dirty and stagnant. Is that the right place or should we have walked further up the wash??? The walk back seemed SOOO much faster, assume that it must have been downhill, so it was easier going.

hiking
6 months ago

Short but very interesting. Trail is mostly fine sand or rock.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

This was a great short hike in Valley of Fire State Park. There were so many petroglyphs on the rock faces. The mouse tanks were pretty cool to see also. Be careful not to get too close to the tanks though. It would be a dangerous situation if you fell in.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

It’s a easy hike and I saw a beautiful wave.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail, beautiful rock formations. Can get crowded, but plenty of areas to go off trail and explore on your own.

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