Calico Tanks Trail

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain516ft
Trailhead Elevation4,309ft
Top4,735ft
Elevation Min/Max4309/4735ft
Elevation Start/End4309/4309ft

Calico Tanks Trail

Calico Tanks Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 4,309 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 516 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Sandstone Quarry viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

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Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"An easy day hike to natural water tanks in the redrock Calico Hills in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Follow the wash north 0.25 mile, then turn right (east)at the third canyon and continue up a side canyon through the red slickrock to a large natural water tank (tinaja). When they have water, this and other tinajas in the Calico Hills are important sources of water for the area’s wildlife." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett
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"This trail is just fun, fun, fun. It is in a beautiful sandstone area with a lot of twists, a little bit of scrambling, and an enjoyable amount of diversity in the plant life that will keep your dog wagging its tail for more. Not a section of this hike can be considered boring. The trail moves between two sandstone ridges, up to a large tinaja (Spanish for tank), or a natural depression in the sandstone, that typically has water in it. This trail is great for almost any healthy, fit dog that can handle a moderate amount of light rock scrambling. Under foot and paw: Sand and sandstone rock." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"An easy day hike to natural water tanks in the red rock Calico Hills. Such water tanks are vital for wildlife, and they were important for natives and settlers." Read more

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4/1/2010
This was one of the first trails I did when I moved to Vegas and has become one of my favorites. The entire trail is scenic but there's an incredible payoff at the end when you reach the overlook.
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5/27/2006
I did the trail on a Tuesday in November and was there when the BLM land opened (I think it was 6:00 a.m.). I was by myself hiking in and out. The trail was at times not marked very well but I had beautiful views and a great hike - well worth it. I heard that it is extremely busy during the day - that is why I went there so early.
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2/25/2006
We did this hike after we went up to Turtlehead Peak. You are not so lonesome here as up on Turtlehead Peak. But it was not overcrowded by hikers. It is a nice experience to walk betwwen walls of rocks with colors from red to yellow. Also the look onto Las Vegas with the mushrooming hotels at Las Vegas Blvd is very good (you have the view on Las Vegas,if you climb up the rocks after the tank)
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3/21/2002
The Calico Tanks is easy to moderate, only because there is a little climbing over some sandstone in the last part. The signs say .6 miles for this trail, but let me tell you what, that has to be the longest half mile I've ever done. We did it with our small kids and they didn't seem to have too much difficult with it. It goes thru an old dried up river bed and then cuts up to some sand stone. The trail is not very well defined so you aren't sure where the tanks are supposed to be. It was a bit of a let down.
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Trail Information

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Nearby City
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Local Contacts
USGS: La Madre Mountain
Local Maps

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Dec 2018