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Horsethief Canyon Professional Review and Guide
"Off the beaten path, Horsethief Canyon has a bit of everything. It is remote and offers a seasonal spring, wildlife, and some rock scrambling. What more can a dog want? Depending on the season, the spring can be dry or, in winter and early spring, it may produce a small stream down the whole canyon. The rock scrambling is fun, but if it looks too difficult, there is always an easier alternate route to the side. Under foot and paw: Gravel and rock."
--Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett, Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
The guide isn't up to date.
The parking area is paved, keep a sharp lookout and stay in the left hand lane after you cross the dam.
Also, the trail is well-marked. Just walk up the road (don't cross the bridge and take a right after the bridge).
This hike was great! It was a little tricky getting in to the canyon, we didn't see any marked trail on either side, but once we got up the hill on the left, it was easy to pick a path into the canyon. After only 15 minutes of walking, we were greeted by the sound of a small trickling stream. It continued for awhile, and we enjoyed the sites of some small waterfalls. I definitely recommend this hike for the winter/spring months.
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