Did you know that Las Vegas Nevada has some of the best hikes, and backpacking trails in the Southwest? The Grand Circle Trail in the Red Rock Canyon offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area, and it’s only 15 miles West of the Strip.

Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and is a protected Wilderness. It’s over 193,000 acres of beautiful vistas and mountain scenery that will bring Mountain Climbers as well as Day Hikers to this area. The landscapes are a complex deposits of oxidized minerals that make up the “Red Rocks”.

The Grand Circle Trail is a 11.7 loop trail that will take you approximately 5-6 hours to hike. Do not under estimate the amount of water you will need for this hike. You are still in the Mojave Desert and it gets hot and dry. I hiked this in December and it was 63 Degrees. The Grand Circle trail will take you in and around the Canyon and offers some spectacular views. In fact, this trail offers up some history. About a mile into the trail and you will see Pictographs (painted images) and Petroglyphs (images pecked into the stone) from Southern Paiute culture that thrived in the Canyon some time around 1,000 AD.

You can check in at the Vistors Center and leave your car in the Parking Lot. From there, the Grand Circle Trail is in walking distance. Advise: Leave early. The GCT will take you longer than you expect. In the Summer time, this trail could be brutal. Be prepared. There are maps and good advise from the Rangers that are in the Vistors Center.

The trail starts out along the scenic drive and parallels the trail for awhle. You will cross two parking lots within the first 2 miles. After that, it’s all you. There are a two more pit stops along the way. At one time during the hike, it almost seems like you will never get back to the trailhead, you will, don’t panic. When they say it’s a “Grand” circle, they are not kidding. It’s a big loop.

This is a great trail to explore and just enjoy. Take your camera, because you are going to be very angry if you don’t. Photo opps everwhere.

So next time you are losing at the slots. Remember, a good hike is only a few minutes away, and it’s well worth leaving the tables for it. See you on the Trail.

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thebackpackertv leaving trail, and the Red Rock Canyon area. Took some great pictures. 6:52 PM Dec 5th from Twittelator
thebackpackertv took 5.5 hours to complete trail. 6:50 PM Dec 5th from Twittelator
thebackpackertv very warm, 60 plus degrees. 6:17 PM Dec 5th from Twittelator
thebackpackertv Trail is 12 miles 6:16 PM Dec 5th from Twittelator
thebackpackertv beautiful scenery out here. 6:15 PM Dec 5th from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://twitpic.com/qekf – http://piurl.com/sWd : current location arrived at canyon. temp: 60 degrees. 3 miles into my hike. 2:45 PM Dec 5th from TwitPic
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/sSR : current location headed towards canyon 10:40 AM Dec 5th from Twittelator
thebackpackertv http://piurl.com/s5E : current location At Airport, set to arrive in Nevada in 3 hours. 1:06 PM Dec 4th from Twittelator

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Feel free to contact me at any time. Started Backpacking in 2003 and have never looked back. My all time favorite hike was last April when I hiked the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon. No trails, no signs, just wilderness and a 3,000 foot steep drop into the Canyon. I ran out of water my third day. Why? There was no water in the Canyon. You can check out my video on the "backpacker.tv" page. Thanks for dropping by.

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