Along the way, there are places to stop and either start hiking or just take pictures or just admire the view. It’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s beautiful.
This is Aztec sandstone. It dates back to the Jurassic periods about 180 to 190 million years ago. It runs all the way from the Dakotas down to Mexico and West towards Los Angeles. So it’s a vast area of sandstone that we have in the US, but this national park is a great example of the sandstone. Lots of hiking trails here. They have, when you go into the visitor center, or when you purchase your ticket to go into the park, they give you a map. And the map has fantastic information about the park, about the trails, the length of the trails. This is a great place to see what it’s like in the Mojave Desert, right? Because we are in the Mojave Desert.
So we have things like big horn sheep, and we have all kinds of different birds. We have of course, desert tortoises. We have foxes, we have all kinds of wildlife. So keep an eye out, drive slowly on the loop road and take a look at the wildlife. It’s really fun.
So there are different types of hiking trails. So they have anything from easy to moderate to difficult. The easy hiking trails are basically almost flat with very little elevation. The moderate hiking trails have some elevation. So maybe up to about a 400 feet of elevation change, and they range in how long they are. So there may be a couple miles long.
Calico Hills is one of these trails. It has multiple access points and parking areas. It’s two to six miles long, depending on where you start. And it takes about one and a half to three and a half hours. The elevation gain is 400 feet. This trail offers access to sport climbing areas and the best closeup view of the Calico Hills.
Turtlehead peak is one of the hikes that has a higher degree of difficulty. It’s accessible from sandstone quarry, just like Calico Tanks. This trail is five miles long, about three and a half to four and a half hours. And about 2000 feet of elevation gain.
Calico Tanks is probably one of most popular trails out there. It’s accessible from sandstone quarry. It’s two and a half miles about two hours, and about 450 feet of elevation gain. This is one of the most popular trails since it offers sweeping views of the Las Vegas Valley as your reward for making it to the top of the trail.
Icebox Canyon is one of the most popular trails. And it’s also one of the difficult trails. It’s about 2.6 miles, about two hours and 300 feet of elevation gain. It’s likely