Ice Box Canyon Trail

Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area, Nevada

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain846ft
Trailhead Elevation4,286ft
Top4,992ft
Elevation Min/Max4265/4992ft
Elevation Start/End4286/4286ft

Ice Box Canyon Trail

Ice Box Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 4,286 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 846 feet. The Ice Box Canyon parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Smyc (Easy) and Dale's Trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett
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"For dogs that love to scramble, this hike is pure heaven. The beginning of the hike is across open desert to warm up the muscles, but when you enter the canyon it is cool and rocky. “It may sound anthropomorphic to speak of bored dogs, but animals appear to need environmental stimu­lations just as humans do.” (Katherine A. Houpt and Thomas R. Wolski, Domestic Animal Behavior, Iowa State Press, 1982). This hike fits the bill: there are rocks, boulders, bushes, and trees to maneuver around, and seasonal water in the canyon bottom. This trail is an exciting challenge, one that stimulates the dog’s mind as well as toning the dog’s body. Under foot and paw: Dirt, gravel, rocks, and large boulders." Read more
Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"A day hike in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area featuring a seasonal waterfall and box canyon. Follow the trail across the wash. The trail stays on the bench on the right (north) side of the canyon until the canyon narrows, then ends as it drops into the wash. Follow the wash (boulder-hopping is required) to a seasonal waterfall and box canyon. The narrow Ice Box Canyon derives its name from the cooler temperatures found in it. These cooler temperatures create what are called microclimates: small areas where the year-round climate is different enough from the surrounding area to support a plant and animal community normally found at higher elevations." Read more

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4/18/2009
beautiful area lots to see. wish we had come earlier in the year the water was almost all gone
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3/3/2008
This trail is just a short drive from Vegas. This trail is pretty much a straight hike into a ravine. At the time of our hike there was snow melting off the tops of the mountains, where at one point there was a spray of water falling off the mountain. Very beautiful during the spring.
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3/1/2008
This trail is on of our favorite hikes in Red Rock canyon. Very beautiful with lots to see. The water was flowing nicely and the waterfall at the end was going as well. It can be quite a cool walk temperature wise but with all of the rock scrambling, you can heat back up just as quick. Lots of good photo spots, especially the view coming back out. We did this hike around the same time last year and creek bed was dry.
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5/30/2006
Had a nice cool morning and up into the canyon it is more cool. A couple parts of the trail were a little hard to find on the way back, but there were still a lot of things to see (flowers, lizards, butterflies) and the dry falls must be amazing when there is water coming over them. Most of the rock scrambling is at the very end of the canyon before you turn around.
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3/2/2006
Great hike, especially the end of the canyon with the waterfall.
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3/21/2002
Ice box canyon is within the last few miles of the 13 mile Red Rock loop. This trail is difficult after you get across the easy terrain stuff. It starts getting into the serious climbing stuff when you get to the creek. It was not marked very well so you were unsure which way to go. This trail is for the truly adventurous who don't mind mapping out their own trail.
They call it ice box because of how cold it gets, so dress appropriately.
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Trail Information

Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Bureau of Land Management, Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301; (702) 515-5000; www.blm.gov
Local Contacts
USGS La Madre Mtn., Mountain Springs
Local Maps

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