Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type
0.90 mi (1.45 km)
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The hike into Lost Creek Canyon inside the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a short hike—0.9 miles round trip—into a canyon where, if the conditions are right, a waterfall emerges from a rock chute 40 feet up into a box canyon.

Though most often the falls will be a trickle, this trail packs a diversity of features onto its short path. The hike begins by crossing a wash and walking across a boardwalk built to protect a willow thicket that grows along the creek.

At this point, a fork with the Children's Discovery Loop Trail splits off, which passes other desert flora along the base of the canyon walls.

Just a little bit further, the trail enters the shade of creek-fed trees and a boulder tunnel before coming up on the grotto where the falls will have the best flow during the winter and spring months or after a storm. Otherwise, there may be little to no flow.

From here, retrace your path back to the parking lot.

There is a vault toilet at the parking area. There is no water available here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Seasonal waterfall.


Waterfall and creek may be dry for large portions of the year.

Trailhead Elevation

4,474.00 ft (1,363.68 m)




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


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