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Calico Wash Main and West Trailheads
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Calico Wash Trailhead
Calico Wash Trailhead
Calico Wash Main Trailhead parking

Calico Wash Trailheads are located along Calico Basin Road, which is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 25 minutes west of Las Vegas. This is a non-fee area, not on the Scenic Loop Road.

From town, drive out towards Red Rocks. From Charleston Blvd at Highway 215 (Table 1, Site 0516), drive west on Charleston for 3.8 miles to Calico Basin Road (Site 0520). The turnoff is about 1.5 miles before the entrance to the Scenic Loop.

Turn right onto Calico Basin Road and drive north for about 0.4 miles. The road dips into a broad wash, then begins to curve to left. This is the Main Trailhead. Park just past the wash on either side of the road (Site 1372).

Link to trailhead map or google map.

Calico Wash North Trailhead
Calico Wash West Trailhead

For the West Trailhead, continue on Calico Basin Road for another 0.24 miles. The road curves left just past the main trailhead, then curves left again. When the road straightens, park on the right. There are no signs; just look for the trail leading north into the desert. Park here; this is the West Trailhead (Site 1387).

The Calico Wash trailheads provide paved access to hikes in the eastern portion of Calico Basin. A large number of unmarked trails criss-cross the area, providing access to several miles of relatively easy hiking. Mountain bikers and horse riders also use this area.

Trails: Peak 3844 Loop Trail. Numerous intersecting horse and bike trails provide a variety of terrains and distances.

Calico Wash Main Trailhead

Calico Wash Trailhead
Approaching Calico Basin Turnoff (view W)
Calico Wash Trailhead
Calico Basin - Red Springs highway sign (view W)
Calico Wash
Approaching the Main Trailhead (view N)
Calico Wash
Approaching the Main Trailhead (view N)
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Calico Wash Trailhead Calico Wash
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Calico Wash Trailhead
Main trailhead parking (view S)
Calico Wash Trailhead
Approaching the main trailhead (view S)

Calico Wash West Trailhead

Calico Wash North Trailhead Calico Wash North Trailhead
Calico Wash North Trailhead Calico Wash North Trailhead

Table 1. Highway Coordinates (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (feet) Verified
0516 Charleston at Hwy 215 36.15910 115.33661 649626 4002676 3,070 Yes
0520 Charleston at Calico Basin Rd 36.14184 115.39871 644071 4000667 3,506 Yes
1372 Calico Wash Main Trailhead Parking 36.14591 115.40377 643608 4001112 3,514 GPS
1387 Calico Wash West Trailhead Parking 36.14717 115.40768 643254 4001245 3,547 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
2012 Jim Boone; Last updated 130109

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