2. Calico Tank, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Author Lana Law on Calico Tank Trail
The most popular hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Calico Tank is a short but semi-challenging hike up a canyon to a natural water catchment, known as Calico Tank. This is an out-and-back hike over red rocks and up stone stairs, at times requiring the use of hands and feet to climb over ridges. The canyon does not have huge walls but offers a steady flow of ever changing scenery as you make your way up. The return trip is equally, if not more, scenic as you walk back down, and views stretch beyond the entrance to the canyon, out over the desert to the mountains in the distance.