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Sandstone Road Trailhead
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Sandstone Road Trailhead
 
Sandstone Road Trailhead

Sandstone Road Trailhead is located in Calico Basin, which is about 1.5 miles before the beginning of the Scenic Loop Road in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 30 minutes west of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out towards Red Rocks. From Charleston Blvd at Highway 215 (the western beltway) (Table 1, Site 516), drive west on Charleston Blvd for 3.8 miles to Calico Basin Road (Site 520). The turnoff is about 1.5 miles before the entrance to the Scenic Loop. Turn right onto Calico Basin Road and drive north, then west, for about 1 mile to where the paved road makes a 90-degree turn to the right (opposite the entrance to Red Springs Picnic Area).

Link to trailhead map.

Sandstone Road Trailhead
Busy weekend day (view N)

Staying outside the picnic area, continue right on Calico Basin Road. At the next intersection, turn left onto Assisi Road. The pavement bends to the right onto Sandstone Road. Drive north to the turn-around at the end of Sandstone Road and turn left onto an unpaved spur road (Site 0971). Park here; this is the trailhead.

Sandstone Road Trailhead provides access to hikes and rock climbing in the Calico Basin area, including Kraft Mountain Loop (aka Gateway Canyon Loop), Gray Cap Peak, and Ash Canyon. A large number of unnamed trails crisscross the area, providing access to the sandstone cliffs, several springs, and several miles of relatively flat walking.

Trails: Ash Canyon Route, Calico Hills Loop, Gray Cap Peak, Kraft Mountain Loop.

Sandstone Road Trailhead
Approaching Calico Basin Turnoff (view W)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Calico Basin - Red Springs highway sign (view W)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Parking area on a quiet day (view W from near entrance)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Parking area on a quiet day (view W from near end)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Parking area on a busy day (view W from near entrance)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Parking area on a busy day (view W from near middle)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
East Trailhead (view NE from start of parking area)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
East Trailhead (view N from edge of pavement
Sandstone Road Trailhead
West Trailhead (view N)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Ash Canyon Trailhead (view W)
Sandstone Road Trailhead
Parking area (view E from the end)
more to come ...

 
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
0971 Sandstone Road Parking 36.15682 115.41927 642194 4002299 3,711 Yes

 
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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