Red Rock Canyon, NV: Ice Box Canyon Trail

This 2.2-mile out-and-back in Red Rock Canyon explores a rocky, tree-lined wash pinched by towering cliffs and dotted with pools after a rain.
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This 2.2-mile out-and-back in Red Rock Canyon explores a rocky, tree-lined wash pinched by towering cliffs and dotted with pools after a rain.

Explore the inner depths of Ice Box Canyon—named for the cooler temperatures found deep in the canyon—and test your rock scrambling skills on this 2.2-miler.
From the trailhead, head west across a wash to a band of 6,000-foot cliffs. Descend several steps then pick your way around the trees that line the wash and scramble over countless boulders. After 1.1 miles, the route dead-ends in a box canyon with a seasonal waterfall.
-Mapped by Chelise Simmons

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.5

Waypoints

IBC001

Location: 36.150063, -115.48411

From the trailhead follow the gravel trail across the wash and up a set of stairs to the rocky trail.

IBC002

Location: 36.148029, -115.486629

Continue straight (southwest) at the junction into the canyon.

IBC003

Location: 36.144373, -115.495598

Hike through trees and descend steps to the gravel wash.

IBC004

Location: 36.14446, -115.49658

Pass seasonal pools of water.

IBC005

Location: 36.144174, -115.498656

A massive pine tree flanks the trail.

IBC006

Location: 36.143368, -115.499911

Climb up the left side of the rocks to access the second waterfall.

IBC007

Location: 36.142982, -115.499756

At the second waterfall, turn around and backtrack to the trailhead.

View from Red Rock Wash

Location: 36.149103, -115.485331

Junction

Location: 36.148302, -115.486114

Wildflowers

Location: 36.147514, -115.487739

Canyon Walls

Location: 36.145187, -115.492723

Steps to Wash

Location: 36.144369, -115.495507

Boulders

Location: 36.144486, -115.496226

Towering Pine

Location: 36.144182, -115.498576

Waterfall

Location: 36.143372, -115.499842

Calico Hills

Location: 36.144962, -115.493721