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Ice Box Canyon, Red Rock Canyon

The Ice Box Canyon trail crosses open desert and then enters the canyon.

This trail is a good summer hike as the canyon is in the shade and quite cool.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 2.6 miles total – easy
Elevation gain: 300 feet – easy
Terrain: Boulder strewn trail – difficult
Exposure: None – easy

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Getting There

The Ice Box Canyon Trail is located in the Red Rock National Conservation Area about 15 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. Take exit 41B west off Interstate I15 onto W Charleston Boulevard, Route 159, and follow the signs for the Red Rock NCA.

Google Map

Exit 41B from I15 to W Charleston Blvd to Red Rock Canyon

To reach the Ice Box Canyon trailhead, drive 12.6 miles on the scenic loop to the Ice Box Parking lot beside the Scenic Loop Road.

Scenic Road Through Red Rock Canyon

Scenic Road Through Red Rock Canyon

The Trail

The trail starts at the Ice Box Canyon parking lot.

You cross open desert for about 0.5 miles to reach the canyon and then travel another 0.8 miles into the canyon.

The trail is very difficult as it is boulder strew with larger boulders as you approach the canyon. We turned back after going a short distance into the canyon.

These are some of the pictures that we took.