Boy Scout Canyon

Boulder City, Nevada 89006

Boy Scout Canyon

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"Boy Scout Canyon is one of the reasons why hiking in Lake Mead National Recreation Area can be so wonderful. Few people know about this trail, so it is just the place to get away from it all. It offers beautiful wildflowers in the springtime, pictographs, challenging climbing areas for both you and your dog, and a variety of surroundings.

Please note that this hike should only be attempted if your dog is in good physical condition and has tough paw pads. Doggie booties are highly recommended. Under foot and paw: Sand, gravel, large boulders."

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Afoot & Afield: Las Vegas & Southern Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Brian Beffort
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"The Black Canyon along the Colorado River south of Hoover Dam is a jagged, rugged wonderland of volcanic rock. Boy Scout Canyon takes you on a tour of some of the most beautiful geology the region has to offer. As you hike down the wash, rocks of every color rise in hoodoos, spires, fins, and steep canyon walls around you. In places, water has polished the rock into smooth, sensual shapes. Boy Scout Canyon is part of the 17,000-acre Black Canyon Wilderness Area, designated by Congress in 2002. This is not the place to be in a flash flood. If thunderstorms are active anywhere in the sky, hike somewhere else. Vehicle: HC/4WD."

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If you intend to go all the way down to the hot springs bring lots of water and plan for enough time. This can be a dangerous hike if you don't take your time. Road is in sandy wash and high traction tires or 4x4 is needed to get to the true end of road. Trail begins in the wash but if you follow the wash the whole way you get to a sheer cliff. Just before the wash curves off to the left (north) the trail goes slightly left and up, once you get out of the wash on top look for the clearly warn trail. Once on top you get a spectacular view and then comes the dangerous decent down into the canyon. If have good upper body strength you can decent all the way down to the bottom and use the ropes that are along the bottom other wise there is another route that stretches out the decent but again is poorly marked and you just find a good way down. round trip took about 5-6 hours.
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Can't comment on the trail, because I never found it. To start, Utah St. does not interset with Nevada Way in Boulder City. You have to go past the end of Nevada Way, though the park, then turn right on Utah St. I eventually found the cemetary, but there are power lines and unpaved roads in all directions. After 1.5 hours I found the pistol range (after a land fill, not a "transfer station"), but never found the road to the canyon. Need better directions.
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Nice walk. Spectacular scenery. Saw several heards of bighorn sheep. Without a 4WD vehicle, you have to stop about a mile from the trailhead, making the in-and-out distance 6 miles with about 500 ft of elevation gain on the way out( according to the gps). Bring lots of water.
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This was a pretty good hike for kids and a dog. I made it down to the first 15 foot waterfall area(dry today), but didn't go any further with my 5 year old. Not a bad trail ride and hike if you want something fairly close to Las Vegas and easy for kids.

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Trail Information

Boulder City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Best fall through spring
2,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,200 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Boulder City
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