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Ice Box Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, Nevada

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  • View of Ice Box Canyon from the trailhead.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Dead trees at the entrance to the canyon.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Live piñon pines closer to the water.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Ice Box Canyon
  • Sun just over the canyon walls.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Ice Box Canyon.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Cactus growing in desert.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Ice Box Canyon falls, with a hiker pictured to give some perspective.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Creek flow necessitates some rock-hopping and bushwhacking to get up the canyon.- Ice Box Canyon
  • Ice Box Canyon falls, following a wet winter season.- Ice Box Canyon
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Huge canyon walls. Diverse desert ecosystem.
Cons: 
Hot. Big crowds. Rough trail.
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Region:
Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, NV
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
884.00 ft (269.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Conservation Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.48 mi (3.99 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,260.00 ft (1,298.45 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Ice Box Canyon in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a great hike to escape Las Vegas that is only a short drive away. Red Rock is in the high desert, which means very hot summers and winters that are cold and dry with a little bit of snow. A scenic drive to the trailhead offers various other hikes around the conservation area. The first mile of the hike is through open desert, and hikers will notice a variety of desert flora. The temperature cools dramatically once you reach the canyon, and the trail begins to follow a very small stream. The cooler and wetter environment is home to greener plants, and wildlife is also abundant. Rock climbers may be seen scaling the walls here. The hike becomes rocky, and in some places boulders in the trail require some scrambling to get around. The canyon walls narrow and eventually the trail ends up at a small waterfall stream.

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