Hikes & Trails

Moenkopi Loop

Distance 2 miles; Average time: 1.5hrs; Difficulty: EASY Triassic fossils and various desert flora can be seen on this open country trail which starts at the visitor center and traverses a prominent limestone ridge. In addition to panoramic views of…

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Calico Hills

Distance 2-6 miles; Average time: 1.5 – 3.5 hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE This trail runs along the base of the Calico Rocks from Calico Basin to Sandstone Quarry. Distance is variable since the trail can be accessed at either end or from either of…

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Calico Tanks

Distance 2.5 miles; Average time: 2hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE This scurry over jumbled sandstone leads to a hidden water pocket and a great view of Las Vegas. Calico Tanks is a great trip for families or those wanting a relatively short introduction…

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Turtlehead Peak 4

Distance 5 miles; Average time: 3.5-4.5hrs; Difficulty: STRENUOUS This hike features sweeping views from a choice Red Rock Canyon peak. Although it’s not an easy climb, Turtlehead Peak is one of the most accessible peaks. If it’s warm weather, you’ll…

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Keystone Thrust 5

Distance 2.2 miles; Average time: 1.5hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE Hike along this trail to see the intersection of great and colorful geologic eras. Sixty million to 65 million years ago, the Pacific and North American continental plates got into a shoving…

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White Rock – Willow Springs

Distance 4.4 miles; Average time: 2.5hrs; Difficulty: EASY-MODERATE From the upper parking lot at White Rock Spring, take the trail on the west side to where it splits. The trail to the right descends to a guzzler [man made water hole]. The trail to…

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White Rock – La Madre Spring Loop

Distance 6 miles; Average time: 3.5hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE This loop takes you through a secluded pocket of life, around the rugged sandstone of Red Rock Canyon to La Madre Spring, where the water splashes life on this otherwise desert landscape.…

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Lost Creek – Children’s Discovery 8

Distance .75 miles; Average time: 1hr; Difficulty: EASY This self-guided interpretive trail introduces kids of all ages to the many different features of the Mojave Desert at Red Rock Canyon, including petroglyphs, lessons of desert life, towering views,…

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Willow Springs Loop

Distance 1.5 miles; Average time: 1.25hrs; Difficulty: EASY From the parking lot follow the trail by the restroom south. This takes you past a pictograph site and Agave roasting pits, to the Lost Creek parking lot. There the trail heads to the right…

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La Madre Springs 10

Distance 3.3 miles; Average time: 2hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE This nice hike follows an old road up a canyon with red and white sandstone cliffs on one side and gray limestone mountains on the other. The trail does not actually go to La Madre Spring;…

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SMYC

Distance 2.2 miles; Average time: 2hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE SMYC stands for “Spring Mountain Youth Camp,” which is a long-term correctional facility for young men. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, these guys have done nice trail work…

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Ice Box Canyon 12

Distance 2.6 miles; Average time: 2.5hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE Ice Box Canyon is a good hike for a hot day. The trail takes you through a cool, shady box canyon with seasonal waterfalls in the heart of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The…

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Dale’s

Distance 4.4 miles; Average time: 2.5hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE Dale’s Trail is a 2 . 1-mile segment of the Escarpment Route that runs through open desert along the base of the Wilson Cliffs. Dale’s Trail runs between Icebox Canyon and Pine Creek…

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Pine Creek Canyon

Distance 3 miles; Average time: 2hrs; Difficulty: EASY-MODERATE Pine Creek Canyon offers some of the best of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area–beautiful and diverse plant communities nestled at the bottom of monolithic canyon walls.…

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Fire Ecology

Distance .75 miles; Average time: 1hr; Difficulty: EASY This easy, .75-mile loop trail runs out into Pine Creek Wash through an area where the BLM performed a prescribed burn in 1997 to clear brush and reduce the chances of a catastrophic wildfire that…

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Oak Creek Canyon

Distance 2 miles; Average time: 1.5hrs; Difficulty: EASY-MODERATE Oak Creek Canyon is one of several beautiful canyons cutting into the Red Rock escarpment. It receives fewer visitors than other canyons in the area, and the hike has two distinct personalities:…

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Arnight

Distance 2.4 miles; Average time: 1.5hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE The Arnight Trail is a 2 . 4-mile segment of the Escarpment Route that runs through open desert along the base of the Wilson Cliffs. The Arnight Trail runs between Oak Creek Canyon and Pine…

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Knoll

Distance 3.5 miles; Average time: 2.5hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE There are many small boulders on the little ridge that make for a nice place to stop for lunch. While there, watch or listen for white-tailed antelope squirrels (often confused with chipmunks).…

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First Creek Canyon Trail

Distance 3 miles; Average time: 2hrs; Difficulty: EASY-MODERATE This is a pleasant 3-mile walk across a desert valley to a little waterfall with cottonwood trees, willows, and other shade trees. Except for the last few feet, the hike follows a well-maintained…

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