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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.48 mi (3.99 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Conservation Park Pass

Pros

Huge canyon walls. Diverse desert ecosystem.

Cons

Hot. Big crowds. Rough trail.

Trailhead Elevation

4,260.00 ft (1,298.45 m)

Net Elevation Gain

884.00 ft (269.44 m)

Address

Ice Box Canyon
Las Vegas, NV 89161
United States

Features

Waterfalls
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Comments

02.07.17
Heavy water runoff after the past Winter has given the falls a dramatic flow!
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