Lake Mead Anniversary Narrows

Las Vegas, Nevada 89128

Lake Mead Anniversary Narrows

Lake Mead: Anniversary Narrows Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Anniversary Narrows is as beautiful a slot canyon as any other on Earth. It’s not very long, but it is definitely worth the trip. The tilted sedimentary rock layers paint beautiful lines throughout the canyon.

The abandoned borax mine along the way adds some history. Anniversary Narrows is in the 48,000-acre Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area, designated by Congress in 2002. This is not the place to be during a flash flood. Hike somewhere else when thunderstorms are active anywhere in the sky. Vehicle: Passenger car or HC/4WD."

Lake Mead: Anniversary Narrows Trip Reports

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The slot canyon is awesome. The vertical layers of sediment are so interesting!
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i went while it was raining and did not have any running water in the narrows. very cool leftovers from the mine.
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The narrows are unbelievable and are a must see for Las Vegas hikers. It's hard to imagine something this neat could exist only miles from the Las Vegas strip.
Take the North Shore Road in Lake Mead Recreation Area to mile 16 and turn left. You may park here or attempt the difficult road if you have high clearance. In addition to being rough and uneven, it's also very narrow in spots. Keep to your left when the road or wash forks. In about a mile you'll come to a sign for the Oar Car Mine. I suggest you park here and walk to the narrows. In about a half a mile you'll come to Lovell Wash. Enter it and head right. You'll pass remnants of the mining operation. The wash then opens up for about a quarter of a mile before you enter the narrows. There are sections where you can literally touch both walls if you extend your arms. The designs created by wind and water are beautiful. You'll come away with some remarkable photos. There is often some water in here and you may have to do some minor bouldering, but the scenery must be seen to be believed. The canyon continues for about a quarter of a mile, and is one of the best hikes in the Las Vegas area
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I really liked the trail but wanted to note the following items. First, there are no signs on Northshore Drive to the parking lot. I missed it the first time (well, it was still dark), then saw it when I came back (note - it is exactly at the mile post 16 marker). Second, I parked my car at the beginning of the dirt road which should have been only 1.25 miles long to the beginning of the trailhead. It turns out to be more than 2 miles. People go with their 4x4 vehicles into the wash - I saw a bunch of tire marks on rocks in the wash and imagined what kind of turn-off it must be to be here and to hear car sounds. Luckily I hiked on a Monday and started the hike at 6 a.m. I was therefore all by myself. I then hiked about 2 miles up the wash which was very nice. The slot canyon is about 150 yards long and I liked it a lot. Note that it isn't that easy to get through the slot canyon - there are some steep short climbs, it gets quite narrow, and since I hiked there after a recent rain there are many pools of water that are at times hard to cross. I went a total of 8 miles roundtrip and saw one person in a 4x4 vehicle, otherwise the place was all mine - can't beat that.

Lake Mead: Anniversary Narrows Photos

Trail Information

Las Vegas
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Best Times: Cold to warm
1,945 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Lake Mead 1:100,000, Calville Bay USGS
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