Trail

Lost Creek Canyon, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV
Length: 0.75 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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ACTIVITIES: Hiking, petroglyphs

LENGTH OF HIKE: 0.75 mile

OUT AND BACK OR LOOP: Loop

DIFFICULTY OF TERRAIN: Easy

ELEVATION GAIN: 165 feet

PARKING FEE/PASS: $7/car

TOILETS: Yes

CHANGING TABLE: No

NURSING BENCHES: No

DOGS ALLOWED: Yes

BIKES/HORSES/MOTORS ON TRAIL: No

CELL RECEPTION: No

DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE: No

POTENTIAL CHILD OR BABY HAZARDS: Uneven terrain, heat, sun

GEAR SUGGESTIONS: Water, sunscreen, hat

Warning: This hike can be very crowded, especially in the hotter part of the year. The reason is the shade, a major commodity in this area in the summer months. It’s also an easy hike for the whole family, which means little walkers are included.
Add in the pool at the base of the waterfall, which can easily be overrun with people. It’s still a nice addition and a hike that’s a win for all. At the edge of the waterfall, try to sit to the left or up above the pool for a little quiet zone away from  everyone. Consider going in the spring which means you are generally by yourself and the waterfall is running heavier.

Another reason this is a popular trail, especially for kids, is that there’s a self-guided interpretive trail with a brochure showing where the nine interpretive signs are for a little lesson on the terrain and trail. Good for all ages, this trail explains the desert and all of the features that can be found in the hot, dry landscape from ancient petroglyphs, to animals hiding beneath rocks and underground, to a hidden seasonal waterfall (December through April) that can be found in the
canyon.

Look for prickly pear cacti as you meander down the trail, and keep an eye out for another trail off this one called Willow Springs Loop. This trail runs along the base of a rock wall and will add another mile on the trail, taking you by more petroglyphs.

Interested in how petroglyphs are so permanent? According to signs in this park, the paints were made by mixing powdered minerals, clay, or charcoal with plant juice, saliva, or egg whites. Trail maps are only available at the Visitor Center not at the trailhead.

Also, get your potty break in here. There is a vault toilet in the parking area, however, there’s no water. Much of the hike is exposed and away from shade, so bring hats and sunscreen.

The main road in the park is a big one-way loop, so if you see something interesting, pull off and take a look. Parking areas at the popular trailheads,
especially ones near the entrance, fill up quickly in the peak season.

INSIDER’S TIP
This trail is easy to navigate but not well marked, so pay attention as you wander around. There are offshoot trails. If the hike starts to climb, then you are off trail. There are some cliffy, ledge hikes in the area so be aware if you start adventuring beyond this trail. Bring lots of water!

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 165 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Waterfall

Trail Contributor

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