The hike out to the Calico Tanks is a pleasant & moderately strenuous trail up to a natural water catchment (or Tinaja), on to spectacular views all nestled behind the Calico Hills not visible from the Scenic Loop. Follow the trail as it leads you from the parking lot on gravel then to sand, then across the red rocks, to many sets of steps leading to the Tinaja where you can end this hike peacefully listening to the birds and watching the reflection of the surrounding rocks in the still water below you. For a second kicker to this hike, scramble up a very short way behind the tanks for breathtaking views of the valley below and even the Las Vegas Strip. Follow the trail back down having made sure to pay attention to where the stairs lead back down into the rocks.
- Distance: 3.8
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From Sandstone Quarry parking lot head Nth on gravel trail
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Head NE @ jnctn w/ Turtlehead Peak trail
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Spur NW to view ancient Agave Roasting Pit then continue on trail
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Ascend stairs cut into rocks to head SE. Take note @ where you come out!
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Set of steps leads E
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3rd set of steps E
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Calico Tanks. Scramble SE for views.
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Spectacular views & end point. Return on same path to trailhead.
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End of trail.
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Agave Roasting Pit
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Stone Stairs Cut Into Rocks
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The Calico Tank
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View from Tanks
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View of Strip & Calico Hills
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View of Tanks
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Stair Access for Return Trip
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