Joe May Canyon

Las Vegas, Nevada 89137

Joe May Canyon

Joe May Canyon Professional Guide

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"This is a day hike in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge offering a good opportunity to observe bighorn sheep, including lambs. Walk north up Joe May Canyon to Wildhorse Pass, which provides an excellent panoramic view into scenic Picture Canyon. The east side of Joe May Canyon is an excellent lambing area, and you may be able to observe large groups of bighorn ewes and lambs in this area. Good binoculars will be useful. About 1.5 miles from the NO VEHICLES sign is the Joe May Guzzler in a small side canyon —one method used to provide water for bighorn sheep and other wildlife.

Desert bighorn sheep prefer rugged mountains and negotiate steep terrain with impressive agility for their somewhat bulky appearance. The size of small deer, they have gray-brown coats that blend nicely with the desert tones, making them difficult to spot."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett
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"This hike will take you and your dog up a wide desert canyon, past a man-made guzzler, and to Wildhorse Pass. From the pass, you can see north into beautiful Picture Canyon. Without question, you will understand how this canyon got its name. Your dog will enjoy this trail because there is a good chance of spotting wildlife here; animals are attracted to the man-made guzzler. If you do see wildlife, bighorn sheep in particular, remember to keep your distance. They are scared of you and your dog. The terrain throughout this hike is a typical gravel wash bottom and the elevation change is generally consistent throughout the hike. Washes are a bit more tiresome to walk through then harder surfaces, so make sure your dog is in good shape before setting off on this hike. Under foot and paw: Gravel wash."

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Trail Information

Las Vegas
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Desert National Wildlife Refuge, 16001 Corn Creek Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89124; (702) 879- 6110;
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USGS Black Hills, Corn Creek Springs
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