Home to dozens of hiking trails that offer an extensive view of the region’s natural splendor, Red Rock Canyon continues to provide the most distinguished outdoors experience in southern Nevada. The trails vary in difficulty and length, ensuring an accessible and enjoyable opportunity for visitors of every ability to traverse the terrain, and present the distinct environments and scenery all contained in the desert canyon; even waterfalls are visible seasonally!
Moenkopi Loop (2 miles): The initial trail leading from the visitor center, laden with Triassic Era fossils and desert vegetation, traverses open desert terrain and a substantial limestone ridge.
Lost Creek-Children’s Discovery (0.75 miles): Oriented for families of any age group, the trail serves as an informative self-guided tour of the Mojave area; petroglyphs, serene panoramic views, and a secluded waterfall await visitors.
Willow Springs Loop (1.5 miles): Proceeding from the parking lot, the trail delivers hikers to Agave roasting pits and pictograph remnants.
Fire Ecology (0.75 miles): The trail traverses the Pine Creek Wash as well as the site of the BLM’s successful efforts to prevent wildfires through prescribed burns.
Calico Hills (2-6 miles; varies by point of entrance): Bridging Calico Basin and Sandstone Quarry, the trail provides multiple access points and an adjoining side trail from the parking lot.
Calico Tanks (2.5 miles): One of the most popular group/family trails, the trek affords a thorough opportunity to survey Red Rock Canyon. In addition to the customary sandstone, hikers observe a water pocket on this introductory trail.
Keystone Thrust (2.2 miles): Renowned for its geological and historical significance, the trail encounters the tectonic collision that formed the Sierra Nevada mountains and rendered Red Rock’s limestone visible.
White Rock-Willow Springs (4.4 miles): Offering divergent paths, the trail traverses separately the “guzzler” (constructed watering hole) and a route accessing the Lost Creek and, ultimately, Willow Springs areas.
White Rock-La Madre Spring Loop (6 miles): Nourished by the La Madre Spring, wildlife populates this area to a remarkable degree and serves as a comparative oasis during visits to the canyon.
Le Madre Springs (3.3 miles): Despite its name, the trail actually delivers hikers to a concrete ham (dating to the 1960s) and lushly vegetated environment ensconced in pinyon pine, juniper, and scrub oaks.
SMYC (2.2. miles): Developed by the “Spring Mounted Youth Camp”, the trail poses relatively minor elevation change and a more favorable gradient throughout but does offer a pair of steep passages providing exceptional views.
Ice Box Canyon (2.6 miles): Delivering visitors from the oppressive weather, the trail progresses through a shaded box canyon replete with waterfalls (seasonally) and alleviated by cool water and air from the mountains and scarce sunlight.
Dale’s (4.4 miles): Following a segment of the Escarpment Route, the trail traverses the base of Wilson Cliffs and offers several brief, steep sections among its gentler gradient.
Pine Creek Canyon (3 miles): Renowned for its aesthetic diversity, the trail services a region enveloped by striking canyon walls and sustaining a ponderosa pine forest that has endured from the last Ice Age with cooler air and water from Pine Creek Canyon.
Oak Creek Canyon (2 miles): Bearing less traffic than the other canyons, the area manages to accommodate both sweeping desert landscapes and steep slopes teeming with plant life.
Arnight (2.4 miles): Densely populated by low shrubbery (including blackbrush, yucca, cholla, and brittlebrush), the open desert region sits between Oak Creek Canyon and Pine Canyon while the trail passes numerous washes and scales the bajada (broad slope at the base of the mountains).
Knoll (3.5 miles): Typified by its abundance of animal life, the terrain provides for white-tailed antelope squirrels, bluebirds, and ravens. Strewn with small boulders, the ridge serves additionally as a pleasant rest or lunch area.
First Creek Canyon Trail (3 miles): Though initially traversing open desert, the trail delivers visitors to a waterfall enclave sporting willows and cottonwood trees.
Turtlehead Peak (5 miles): One of the more challenging routes at Red Rock Canyon, the trail nevertheless scales one of the region’s most accessible peaks and provides for unparalleled views throughout.
The full map for Red Rock Canyon’s hiking trails can be accessed here:
!!!!!NO hiking trails are available at the Bonnie Springs Ranch!!!!!