The Hiking Trail Hiding In Nevada That Will Transport You To Another World
Nevada is home to hundreds of hiking trails throughout the state that can provide a necessary reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life and give you a chance to rejuvenate your mind and soul. With so many from which to choose, the Turtlehead Peak Trail in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is one that can truly transport you to another world. Tucked away deep within the canyon and featuring less of the area’s well-known bright red rocks, this moderately trafficked, quite challenging, 5-mile hike is not to be missed. Check out this gorgeous Nevada hiking trail that blends colorful wildflowers, stunning rock formations, desert cactus and panoramic views just west of Las Vegas:
Located among the Sandstone Quarry Trails, Turtlehead Peak Trail is among Red Rock Conservation Area's more than 30 miles of hiking trails.
The view of Turtlehead Peak and the gorgeous colors are a precursor to what hikers will see on this delightful yet difficult hike.
The trail gains more than 2,000 feet in elevation in just two short miles.
The trail is moderately difficult and strenuous due to the rocks and gravel. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes and carry plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and a windbreaker.
The rocky terrain looks like something out of a science fiction film. As should be the case, exercise caution while on the trail, especially with respect to wildlife, and also while descending the trail. Trekking poles would be a great investment for this particular trail and would undoubtedly come in handy for other Red Rock hikes as well.
There are dozens of species of bright and colorful wildflowers along the trail.
As the hike increases in difficulty, blue dots can be seen painted on the rocks to mark the trail. Dogs are welcome on the trail if leashed. The hike is not recommended for young children.
At the 6,234-foot summit, hikers are treated to perhaps the best panoramic view of Red Rock Canyon. These spectacular views are definitely worth the effort.
At the summit, looking at a distant Las Vegas on the horizon. You will truly feel as though you are on top of the world here.
Turtlehead Peak Trail is accessible year round. The snow only adds to the beautiful splendor of the area. Of course, make sure you are adequately prepared for the weather if trying this hike in the winter.
Hidden among the vast network of hiking trails in Red Rock Canyon, Turtlehead Peak Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in all of Nevada.
Nevada hiking trail Turtlehead Peak is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area at 3205 State Route 159, Las Vegas. Please call (702) 515-5000 for more information and directions.
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