Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Nevada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Consider also going around the backside via terrace canyon! Amazing views and really interesting rock formations.

love love this hiking trail it's my all time favorite place helps get a workout and take all your stress away its beautiful place to sit and relax at the end of the hike

We had an afternoon to spend outside and I wanted to squeeze in as much of the outdoors as possible. We couldn’t decide which trail to do with in the park, and ended up deciding on the White Dome Trail. I’m really glad we chose that one, because it was very beautiful. It was the prettiest trail out of all the things that we walked along that day. It has really cool Narrows, very interesting rocks and is a loop which is nice. The nice thing is you can just hop in your car and drive to some of the other trails which are very short, so if you spend a whole day in the park, you could theoretically do most of them in one day. We also did the Fire Wave Trail. This was very short but very cool at the end. It was kind of frustrating, because at the beginning of the fire wave trail there were signs asking people to stay on trail, especially asking them not to climb on the fire wave at the end of the trail. Sure enough, as we approached the end of the trail, I couldn’t even get a picture of just the fire wave rock structure because of all the turds climbing all over it. It clearly asks you to keep off because of erosion. I don’t think that people understand that when they step off trail, they cause erosion and can damage or completely devastate vegetation that has taken so long to grow. All they care about is getting their picture on top of a rock. Congratulations, you walked 0.5 miles and got your picture, I hope it’s still there for your children to enjoy. You can just take a picture of the rock without you on it, the focus of the picture is the rock and not you anyway. Anyways, a lot of the other structures in the park you can just drive up to, to observe. We drove up to the Natural Arch Rock, the Atlatl rock, the Beehives and the Elephant Rock and were able to see it all from our car. And of course you can just hop out really quickly to get a closer look, as all of these rock structures are very close to the road and are within short walking distance, i’m pretty sure all of them had a parking lot directly across from the structure where you can park your car. Drive to the east entrance of the park where the elephant rock structure is located and you will see a nice Polaroid frame that you and a friend can stick your head into to get a picture. We were there just as the sun was about to go down and the sky was amazing. Also I would highly recommend driving through the scenic Loop near the west entrance, where the natural arch rock and ATLATL rock are. It has really amazing rock structures. I should also mention that we visited in January so the weather was in the 50s. All the hikes were very easy, however me and my friend are avid hiker is. I would recommend bringing a ton of water if you plan to be there in the summer and maybe plan for less Miles. I’m giving it four stars, and not five because I enjoy a good strenuous climb, and there were none. But it was absolutely beautiful, and I’m glad that we did this, rather than walking around Las Vegas another day

The only hike worth doing over and over again, so many new ways to hike it, especially if you’re a climber.

This was a great trail & lots of beautiful scenery.

I love the trail! Its a bit challenging but at the end of the trail, you can see a bridge, and there are a hot tubs to get into. Along the trail, you have to do like 4-5 rappelling.

hiking
13 days ago

My second time completing the hike. Beautiful views, it was a bit more sandy on the rocks this time than the last. Quiet when we went.

This is a MUST for anyone who enjoys real hiking. This trail is difficult but certainly doable for anyone who is even barely athletic. My husband and I traveled to Las Vegas in December for a little getaway and did this trail in about 4.5 hours there and back. We go to the gym occasionally but are by no means pros. My biggest piece of advice is invest in some gloves that have plastic ridges on the inside to increase your grip on the rocks as you are climbing over them and trying to hold on. Your heart will definitely race while on some parts of this trail, making it down and back is not an easy task. Your feet will probably get wet and you will definitely come away with some scrapes and minor bruises but don’t fret too much, the experience of this hike will leave you in awe of nature and your own ability to do this hike. The view at the river was beautiful but the springs were too shallow when we went there and we were chasing the sunlight so didn’t have a chance to swim. If you are slow like we were start early by at least 10am to make it back by 3-4pm. It gets dark quickly by about 4:45 it is already dark in the canyon.
FYI there is another canyon called white canyon just on the other side and it has a much easier trail and apparently deeper hot springs.

hiking
16 days ago

Another hike that took place before this app?website was up and running. I loved this experience. it was great for higher elevation training since you stay well above 8 grand the entire time. I remember stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley and a glimmer of Reno. Well worth the effort!

Such a great hike! I was confused why with this little elevation gain and distance it is ranked difficult, but there’re like 6 spots where you can only get down/up with the help of those ropes. And yes going back up with wet shoes after a chill hot spring session is less fun, but gosh it’s pretty!

Excellent hike that gets the upper body involved more than most hikes. Perfect day in early Jan with clear skies and 50 degrees. Lots of college age hikers but was never crowded. If solo, keep in mind that anything you climb down you will have to climb back up, possibly with wet boots.

hiking
18 days ago

I enjoy this loop trail. Not too sandy. Enjoy around to not feel suffocated by the amount of people around.
I did 3 trails in one day, one being this one. I enjoyed this one the most. Perfect to combine trails. Super easy. Kid friendly. Not as red in color as other trials at Valley of Fire but still beautiful.
Flowers were very far and few between. Populated.

Arrived at about 10:30am and we were able to do the short hike with very minimal traffic. Views were amazing. Get here early and avoid the crowds!

rock climbing
19 days ago

This is my “adult jungle gym” place. I absolutely love this adventure. This is a place a prefer for the rock climbing opposed to hiking. You won’t regret this adventure!

The people who didn’t like this trail are boof

Incredible Scenery!!

Fantastic! Like a jungle gym or obstacle course. Worth making it to the bottom. I’m 57 and did this with my 23 yr old son. Needed his hand up or down a bunch of times but it was a blast!

Easy hike with beautiful rock formations! It can get sandy at times but the views are amazing.

took this hike in dec 2018 with my 12 yo niece. was worried about the “hard” level, but it was nothing for her. she was able to handle the boulder climbing and ropes no problem. seen a whole family with a 8 yo hiking too.

Easy hike until you reach the points where you need to use the ropes or scramble through the boulders to pass. Still not that hard but it’s a busy trail and we ran into a few bottlenecks where we had to wait for groups with younger children or older adults to get through. The hot springs were great, especially if you’ve never seen hot springs before.

Distance - it is 3.2 miles from the parking lot to the Colorado River, 6.4 miles round trip. I don't understand the widely varying distances reported, especially the official 2.2 mile "official" quote. This is a straightforward, easy-to-follow trail with very little route finding. I am 70 years old and did this hike alone. I was fine going down, but the slippery rocks coming back up from the bottom were difficult and dangerous. Luckily I ran into two other hikers that helped me through the tough spots. I do NOT recommend hiking this alone. Usually going up is the easy part, and coming back down is where you get into trouble, but not on this hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

The app tells me it's 9.4 miles, 3,205' elevation gain, moving time of 3:52. 4:01 total time. (But if you look at my recording its all over the place.) I did do a little wondering along the way but not that much. The trail can be hard to locate at times, but it will only take a minute or two to figure out which way to go. Its challenging but not impossible. Like the description states...one of the ropes is a bear especially on the way back. and with wet boots. Which is almost a 100% chance.
Once you get to the river its worth it. The water was low so there was plenty of room to walk around.

Also....I challenge everyone to pick up at least one piece of trash along the way.

challenging

Just a note on distance. You see a wide range of distances recorded for Gold Strike Canyon. Some over 10 miles and some at 8 miles or less. From near the new parking area, the total distance, round-trip is 5.2 miles, according to the Park Service. At a brisk walk, I can make it down to the river in about an hour. Even on a flat surface, I would not be able to do 4 or 5 miles in an hour. Why are the distance recordings so varied? If you look at them, the data points are bouncing all over the place. Even if a person moved only a short distance, the GPS data point might be 100 feet to the right of you one moment and then 30 feet to the left and 20 feet up the next. This makes it appear you are going a lot further than you actually are. I suspect this is because of the high canyon walls bouncing the GPS signal before it reaches your phone, giving your phone wrong information about where you actually are. Even though it is shorter than you might think, it is still incredibly beautiful and a great workout!

beautiful hike! amazing views! the colours along this trail are beyond stunning!

1 month ago

this is the easiest over 10,000 feet in the Tahoe areai have done 4 others that are harder

hiking
1 month ago

The elevation gain when you’re starting so high up unexpectedly kicked my butt, made the switchbacks a bit more uncomfortable since it added strain to monotony, but the end of the trail was quite worth it. I did this back in July, and despite the cooler weather up in Mt Charleston, laying on the rocks was amazing. The water was little but so ice cold, it was wonderful. Beautiful scenes

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Some climbing. Lots of hiking along leg draining sandy/gravel paths. From the trailhead, it starts out disappointing as you hike through a heavily littered area along the back of a new subdivision. Pretty soon, the hills hide any development and you are secluded. If you can, please grab a handful of trash on your way out.

Wow! What a beautiful hike!
It’s pretty advanced and requires a decent level of fitness, as there a several areas with ropes where you have to use them to help yourself get up or down. After the ropes begin, you will soon discover the hot springs that will lead you down to Colorado River just south of Hoover Dam.
The entire hike took a little over 5 miles and about 5 hours for a group of 6 of us to complete - worth every minute and every scratch I got!

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