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Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead
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Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead
Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead

The Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, but outside the Scenic Loop area. The trailhead is about 30 minutes west of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Red Rocks. From West Charleston Blvd at Highway I-215, the "Western Beltway" (Table 1, Site 516), drive west on Charleston Blvd (Highway 159) out into the desert. Pass the turnoff into the Scenic Loop Area (Site 519), and continue west on Charleston Blvd. for 1.1 miles to the "Horseback Rides" parking lot on the left (southeast) side of the road (Site 853). Park here; this is the trailhead.

From the other direction, the trailhead is 1.2 miles north of the Scenic Loop Road exit (Site 532).

Link to trailhead map.

Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead

 

The Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead provides access to hikes in the Blue Diamond Hill area, including access to several miles of moderate to strenuous hiking and mountain biking.

Trails: Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trails, Cat-N-Hat Trail, First Finger Trail, Fossil Canyon Trail, Fossil Ridge Trail, Cave Canyon Trail, Rock Garden Trail, To-The-Top Trail.

Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead
Charleston Blvd, approaching trailhead from Las Vegas
Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead
Approaching trailhead from Las Vegas
Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead Cowboy Trail Rides 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 the Beltway 36.15920 115.33580 649697 4002685 3,141 Yes
0519 Charleston at Scenic Loop Entrance 36.13161 115.42048 642131 3999501 3,681 Yes
0532 Scenic Loop Rd Exit 36.11127 115.44868 639629 3997203 3,846 Yes
0853 Cowboy Trail Rides Parking 36.12153 115.43280 641040 3998365 3,705 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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