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Mouse’s Tank, Valley of Fire

An easy hike in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, is the Petroglyph Canyon/Mouse’s Tank Trail. Petroglyph Canyon is stuffed with prehistoric Indian rock art. The tank is a natural cavity in the rocks where rainwater collects. The trail that leads to the tank passes various petroglyphs.

Mouse’s tank is named for a renegade who used the area as a hideout in the 1890’s.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 1.0 miles total – easy
Elevation gain: <100 feet - easy Terrain: Loose sand - moderate Exposure: None - easy To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

The Petroglyph Canyon/Mouse’s Tank Trail is located in the Valley of Fire State Park, in south-eastern Nevada, accessed from Interstate I15.

If coming from the north take exit 93 and travel south east on the N Moapa Valley Boulevard, route 169, through Overton, Nevada, 20.0 miles to the Valley of Fire Highway. The eastern park entry is 2.0 miles along this road to the pay station. You need cash or a check to pay for the $10 one day entry permit.

If coming from the south take exit 75 onto the Valley of Fire Highway and travel 14.5 miles east to the west park entry station.

The Petroglyph Canyon/Mouse’s Tank Trail is 1.1 miles north of the park Visitor Center. Park in the large parking lot which is well signed.

For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Mouse’s Tank

The Trail

The trail travels through a long canyon wash and is easy to follow. The trail is, for the most part, very loose sand which makes for difficult walking.

Along the way look for petroglyphs on the blackened canyon side walls – some fairly high up. The trail ends at the tank. You can climb a slot up the left side of the tank for views of the surrounding hills and valleys. However, beyond the tank the terrain drops sharply into the valley.

The tank itself is difficult to see as it is partially buried in the surrounding rocks. When we were there people had thrown empty water bottles and plastic cups into the tank so it was not very pretty.

These are some of the pictures that we took.