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Calico Tanks Trail
The Turtlehead Peak / Calico Tanks Trails offer some of the best hiking and views in Turtlehead Peak - Red Rock Red Rock Canyon. There is a lot to see in this area because it is unique in its own way and because it is located at a spot which gives hikers some of the best views of the rest of this valley. Note that some of these trails and parts of them, are not easy hikes to go on. The good thing about this set of trails is that you can turn back any time and still have seen a good part of Red Rock.

The Turtlehead Peak hike is a 5 mile round trip that is listed as strenuous by the BLM and we would list this one as challenging. The other listed trail is the Calico Tanks Trail. Unless you are in good condition and you want a good workout, we suggest the Calico Tanks Trail.

Either trail can be easy to wander away from because they both begin in a wash. Once you are on them however, they are well marked. Both trails begin at the same place, they both pass by a couple of attractions worth noting.


The starting point, Sandstone Quarry, is notable for its cut marks and left over blocks from Agave Roasting Pit - Red Rock a time when the yellow sandstone was mined. The second notable spot is the roasting pit that you will see on your left as you head towards either trail. The people who lived here in the past roasted the centers of the Agave plant in large holes in the ground filled with rocks and combustible material. This process made the plant edible and evidence of its use can be found throughout Red Rock Canyon, at Willow Spring for example, and the Spring Mountains.

Just past the Agave pit, will be the turnoff for the Calico Tanks Trail. There two marked trails but it seems like a lot of people just wander around in this part of the trail.
 
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