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“Stunning Hiking Area Near Red Rock”
Review of Ice Box Canyon

Ranked #184 of 467 things to do in Las Vegas
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Owner description: This canyon is part of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and is good for hiking.
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Ice Box Canyon is so beautiful. If you love the desert, you will find peace here. It is usually not at all crowded and you may pass another hiker once or twice, but over all you will be to yourself and that is what you want.

It is silent. Listen to the silence and wait for a bird to fly bye, it will be as if you actually heard a bird for the first time.

Hiking here is just great, it is in the middle of the canyon, which is filled with colored rocks and even greenery here and there.

Go early in the morning or in the later afternoon. In the middle of the summer it is unbearably hot, at least for me. Take water, even if you plan on walking 10 minutes and coming back.

There is something special about the desert and for some it takes time to really understand the beauty of it all. It is a zen like experience. Don't rush, if you are limited on time, go another time when you can just enjoy and forget about the rest of the world for just a bit.

On the way out in your car, play your favorite music and remember the desert let you out.

1  Thank Elizabeth L
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We hiked in Ice Box Canyon area of Red Rock Canyon. We did just part of the trail as it was hot out (Mid August). We did this one as it was partially shaded.

Thank mini
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

We did this trail b/c our original plan of doing Turtlehead and Calico Tanks was intercepted due to closure (although we realized next day that you can park outside closed lot and do trail). It was a very enjoyable hike, had some good scrambles and beautiful finish at the summit.

Thank lindabNewYorkCity
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

While visiting Red Rock Canyon, one of the gals at the visitor center recommended this hike because you're in the middle of the canyon, where even GPS can't reach you. My husband and I had only hiked a few times before, so this was a challenge!
The hike gets more and more difficult as you get closer to the end of the trail, scrambling boulders toward the end.
There's a waterfall at the end if it's rained recently, but it was dry when we went. The canton was still really beautiful and a rewarding hike.
Make sure you wear hiking shoes to save your ankles and feet and bring lots of water...we saw so many people who only took a 20 oz bottle and were dying by the 1/2 way point.
The only thing I didn't like about it was as you got further into it, it was hard to see where the trail was, probably because it was more like scaling boulders. But maybe that's a sign of a good trail!

Thank Nikki R
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is one of our favorite hikes in Red Rock Canyon as it always cooler than the rest of the canyon. It's a moderate hike that starts out flat and easy and then you start doing some boulder scrambling and a little climbing. Since there are so many rocks, hiking shoes would be best, but athletic shoes are fine too. Our group of 4 in our mid 50's had no problems (as well as a retiree hiking club group we encountered that had members up to their 70's). Having said that, please don't underestimate this hike -- it is a tough one (if you're not a hiker), but rewarding. The first time (June 2016) we didn't know if we had made it to the end as our path was blocked by super large boulders. Turns out we hadn't gone all the way. On this trip, we found a way around the boulders and were rewarded with a small canyon / wall of rock -- where you know you can't go any further. Be sure to pay attention to your turns (for instance where you climb down and join the river bed) so you remember where to go back up when you're returning from the hike. It was marked with rocks but if someone messes that up, you might miss it and continue down the "dry river bed". This time we each had one telescoping hiking/trekking pole and that seemed to make the hike a lot easier. Be sure to take water, snacks, sunglasses ... and wear sunscreen and a hat. Even though the visitor center does not open until 8am, you can typically get into the park an hour or two earlier so you can start your hikes before the heat. Loved all the desert flowers we encountered -- very pretty.

1  Thank Brenda S
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