Calico Hills Tours
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When it’s time to escape the neon and hustle of the jam-packed Las Vegas strip, the Calico Hills are the perfect location for swapping the smoke-filled gaming room parlors for a breath of fresh mountain air. Set 30 minutes west of downtown Las Vegas, the Calico Hills offer hiking and rock climbing through a dreamy sandstone landscape, where red-hued rock piles form a network of spires and summits for visitors to explore. Located inside of Red Rock Canyon, the Calico Hills are best known for the popular Calico Hills Trail, which begins just after the Visitor Center and runs 3.2 miles to Sandstone Quarry along the base of the hills. For many visitors the thrill of the hike is scrambling up on the rocks, choosing well worn side trails to navigate the boulders and get views of the Las Vegas desert. At an elevation near 4,000 feet the air is refreshingly cool, though summer temperatures can still be perilous if hiking or climbing midday. The trail is broken into multiple sections and has numerous different parking areas, making it easily accessible for hikers in search of a shorter stroll. For outdoor enthusiasts in search of a challenge, the side trails and scrambles leading up to the summits can consume an entire day, and create a gorgeous natural playground for escaping the Sin City lights.
While the Calico Hills Trail is easily accessible, sections of rock scrambling can be steep in places and require a good degree of fitness. Always bring water when hiking in summer and avoid the peak of the day, and watch out for patches of ice on the rocks if scrambling the summits in winter.
Address: 1000 Scenic Loop Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 89161, USA
Hours: Open daily 6am-Dusk
Admission: $7 per vehicle
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Calico Hills
Discover the petrified sand dunes of Red Rock Canyon on this luxury eco-tour from Las Vegas. During this half-day tour with an experienced naturalist guide, enjoy a Luxury Tour Trekker excursion that also includes an exploration of the Calico Hills. Round-trip transportation from Las Vegas hotels is included.
Just minutes from the Las Vegas strip is a nature-lover’s paradise—Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. From the comfort of a 4x4 Jeep Wrangler, this guided tour takes you on a thrilling 13-mile off-road adventure with a side excursion through Rocky Gap. Enjoy views of the Red Spring Mountain Range, Calico Hills, fossilized sand dunes, and other unique geological features. Park entrance fee, bottled water, and hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Your self-guided tour will begin with hotel pickup 60 minutes prior to sunrise (varying on a daily basis) and transfer to the starting point in the Las Vegas neighborhood of Summerlin. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment. These e-bikes are pedal-assist and you will pedal them just like you do a regular bike except that the electric assist takes the strain out of the hills and headwinds. You will be amazed how easy they are to operate and able to go to a maximum speed of 20mph. After a safety orientation and practice ride, you will be ready to head up to the Red Rock Canyon on a 4-mile bike lane before entering the Red Rock National Conservation Area. Once inside the park, you will glide along the 13-mile canyon paved scenic byway to reach an elevation of 4,800-feet with many places to stop.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Red Rock Canyon, one of the world's most gorgeous places will stun you every minute you are there. And riding through it on a scooter is simply the best way to enjoy it. Feel the wind on your face and feel like a bird gliding through an awesome natural scene. Stop and see the wondrous geological features, the awesome desert plant-life and wild-life as well as signs of ancient people including 10,000 year old petroglyphs and pictographs! Scooter or motorcycle experience is required for this activity.
Leave behind the hectic crowds of Las Vegas and spend the day exploring desert landscapes on this doors-open private van tour. Cruising through picture-perfect scenery with the doors open ensures you don’t miss any of the sights along the way. As you stop at highlights such as Calico Hills and American Indian heritage sites, your guide explains the geological and cultural significance that you might overlook on your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Calico Hills hours of operation?
Calico Hills hours of operation: Open daily 6am-Dusk. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Calico Hills?
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