Las Vegas: Grand Circle Loop

Escape the glitter and gridlock of the Strip on this 11.7-mile loop, which cuts across open desert to explore contorted rock figures and massive red-rock cliffs.
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Escape the glitter and gridlock of the Strip on this 11.7-mile loop, which cuts across open desert to explore contorted rock figures and massive red-rock cliffs.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.9

Waypoints

GCL002

Location: 36.1386833190918, -115.426818847656

Cross over the Red Rock Scenic Loop Road.; red rocks blend with yellow rock bands

GCL005

Location: 36.1687088012695, -115.461418151855

Stay along dry riverbed, then cross Red Rock Scenic Loop

GCL009

Location: 36.1538200378418, -115.48592376709

Cross loop road again; trail runs a ridge back to visitor center; signs of past flash floods all around

GCL003

Location: 36.1621437072754, -115.450256347656

Rock Quarry; look for large red-tailed hawks soaring above

GCL004

Location: 36.1634407043457, -115.450134277344

Bear L @ Grand Circle Trail and Turtlehead Peak; cross dry riverbed

GCL001

Location: 36.1355590820312, -115.427520751953

Trail begins W, then veers R onto Grand Circle Trail toward dramatic sandstone cliffs

GCL008

Location: 36.1581611633301, -115.488388061523

Turn L

GCL006

Location: 36.1659736633301, -115.47501373291

Traverse open desert riddled with scrub and jackrabbits; cross loop again

GCL007

Location: 36.1733512878418, -115.477752685547

Turn L onto White Rock Trail

GCL010

Location: 36.1344985961914, -115.429618835449

Turn L, then hike .3 mile back to trailhead