On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we did everything you would expect on a trip to Sin City. Party bus, pictures under the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, an excessive amount of drinking, lounging by the pool, and gambling (we got in as much as possible). However, we also did one thing that may not be expected. We went hiking! About 20 minutes outside of the Strip, there is great hiking at Red Rock Canyon. We hiked the Calico Tanks trail. Shared our trek below!
There are 19 marked trails you can hike in Red Rock Canyon ranging in difficulty, and length of time. Calico Tanks was a moderate trek and it took us about 2 hours. During other seasons, there is a large pool of water about halfway along this trail, but when we were there it was dried up. There are other surprises like that on other trails. Seeing as how I don’t get a lot (read: none), of chances to hike in canyons, I was shocked at how big and beautiful everything was! As you’re walking it looks like you are close to reaching something you see in the distance, but then there are more rocks to climb and valleys to cross.
My dad lives out in Vegas and has done these hikes before, so we had an awesome tour guide 🙂
We had a group of 6 people. We passed a couple of other groups hiking as well, including a couple of bad-ass dogs who just hike canyons for fun.
I LOVED this trip. The hiking was my favorite part of our trip to Vegas and next time I’m out there, I will be making time to see more of this amazing canyon.
I was so proud of my girls!! <3
We looked like professional hikers out there. (Not really, but we thought we kicked ass).
In this picture below, you could almost see the Strip way up to the left. The top of the Stratosphere was just barely visible.
Until next time, Las Vegas!