Sandstone Springs via First Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Sandstone Springs via First Creek Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,191 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching


wild flowers



This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Rough cross country route through cactus to (little known) springs, canyon If you LOVE desert hiking, are not afraid to travel off-trail through cactus and rough rocks, and enjoy exploring on your own; this might be a hike you'd enjoy. It is especially important that you understand you cannot cross the Spring Mtn. Ranch State Park land, even where it is not fenced. You need to be completely aware of their boundary. Generally, you will need to hike at or above the 4800' mark (actually onto the base of Sandstone Bluffs) to reach Sandstone Springs without crossing their land. (Not all land at Red Rock Canyon belongs to the BLM/Natl Cons.Area -- some is still privately held, or owned by the state of Nevada). There are a couple of fairly nice burro trails leading you along the base of the bluffs, past Lake Harriet, and to Sandstone Springs. Area sees use by burros, deer, coyote, fox, & even the rare mountain lion (look for tracks), so be very aware of your surroundings. Respect the historical artifacts left by Wilson family & ranchers.

Sun Jan 24 2016

The trails starts at the First Creek trail and then heads south. Once you leave the First Creek trail, there is barely a animal track to follow. Then after the first large gully you climb down and back up, there is some difficult rock scrabbling. This makes the route very difficult, not moderate.