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Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area - Overview
Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Overview Getting There Hours Fees Hiking Camping Watch Out Rules and Regs
Sloan Canyon NCA

OVERVIEW

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is located on the southeast edge of the Las Vegas Valley, just south of Henderson, and includes the black volcanic mountains and ridges that can be seen from most parts of town. The scenery is spectacular, and the petroglyphs in Sloan Canyon, proper, are amazing.

Roads are almost nonexistent and trails are few, but during winter, full-sun hikes at Sloan Canyon NCA can be warm and delightful.

Sloan Canyon NCA (48,438 acres) provide peace and solitude for hikers visiting the geologic features and cultural resources. The landscape ranges from the lowland edge of a dry lake to volcanic peaks exceeding 5,000 feet in elevation. The area is best known for the Sloan Canyon Archaeological District, one of the most important cultural sites in Southern Nevada. More than 300 rock art panels with 1,700 individual petroglyphs were created by native cultures from the Archaic to historic era.

Sloan Canyon NCA

GETTING TO SLOAN CANYON NCA

Link to map.

The easiest way to get into Sloan Canyon NCA is on trails originating in the higher neighborhoods of Henderson (Anthem area). Access can also be made from Las Vegas Blvd., south of the urban area, and by dirt roads that penetrate BLM lands surrounding the NCA.

Access via paved roads in the Anthem area of Henderson is from the Anthem Hills Trailhead and Shadow Canyon Trailhead). Paved road access is also available via the McCullough Hills Trailhead near Railroad Pass. Hikers with high-clearance vehicles can access the Sloan Canyon Archaeological Area using trails originating at the Sloan Canyon Trailhead and the Hidden Valley Trailhead. The Quo Vadis Trailhead provides dirt road access to the east side of the NCA.

Sloan Canyon NCA

HOURS

Most of the area is closed to camping, so technically it should be considered day-use only (open from about sunrise to sunset). The North McCullough Wilderness Area and NCA areas south and east of the wilderness area are open for camping.

 

ENTRANCE FEES

None.

Sloan Canyon NCA

HIKING

There are are plethora of hiking opportunities in the NCA, including hikes into North McCullough Wilderness Area. Hikes can be made on ADA compliant trails, constructed trails, use-trails, and off trail. Information about hiking is presented on the Sloan Canyon Hiking webpage.

CAMPING

Backpacking and overnight camping are permitted only in the North McCullough Wilderness Area and in the southeastern portion of the NCA, that is, camping is not permitted in any of the areas inside the Las Vegas Valley.

Sloan Canyon NCA

WATCH OUT

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a pretty safe place, but people fall off the cliffs, so hikers should exercise caution anytime they are high enough to fall and get hurt. Drive carefully and watch for oncoming traffic on winding dirt roads.

In case of emergency, call call 911 or the BLM switchboard (702-515-5000) between 8 AM and 4:30 PM. After hours, call 911.

Sloan Canyon NCA

SOME RULES AND REGULATIONS

As the name implies, this is a conservation area. Do not collect plants, rocks, fossils, or artifacts, and do not disturb the wildlife or feed the burros. Drive only on existing roads. Pack it in, pack it out.

Pets must be on a leash (six foot maximum) and under your physical control at all times. Never leave your pet in a closed vehicle because temperatures inside a car parked in the sun can exceed 120 degrees in just a few minutes, quickly cooking your pet.

Sloan Canyon NCA

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, visit the official Sloan Canyon website or give the BLM a call at 702-515-5000 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. The Friends of Sloan Canyon also have a nice website with good information.

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