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Mouse's Tank, NV

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NV > Vegas
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,092 feet
Elevation Gain 5 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 0.53
Interest Historic
Backpack No
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Author autumnstars
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 19
Photos 562
Trips 1,391 map ( 11,424 miles )
Age Female Gender
Location Las Vegas, NV
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Preferred   Nov, Mar, Feb, Jan
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:25am - 5:37pm
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Paiute Tinaja
by autumnstars

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This is a short hike past petroglyph-covered rocks to a tinaja in lovely red sandstone. Suitable (and fun) for hikers of all abilities, including young children.

Even though this hike is short, it would be foolish to hike anywhere in the Mojave Desert without taking some water.

History mixed with legend has it that a Southern Paiute nicknamed "Mouse" used the canyons in the Valley of Fire to hide out from the law in the late 1890s. After months of searching, a posse finally found him and he was killed in a gunfight. It is thought that he survived during the ensuing months by getting water from the tinaja now named Mouse's Tank. On the rock walls of the wash there are literally hundreds of petroglyphs, hinting that the tinaja likely held water long before Mouse arrived on the scene.

Upon exiting the parking area, the trail immediately drops down into a wash with roughly 10-ft high walls of sandtone. The wash has a soft sand surface scattered with larger sandstone blocks, making for easy walking. Some interesting plants such as white-stemmed milkweed (Asclepias albicans) and catclaw acacia (Acacia greggii) grow in the bottom of the wash. Soon, you notice that the sandstone walls have a very well-developed coating of desert varnish and you start to see many petroglyphs - human, animal and geometric forms. Shortly, the wash turns north and you reach Mouse's Tank. Scrambling up the sloped rocks on the left of the tinaja affords an amazing view out over the maze of sandstone. This is where the trail officially ends, but you can continue beyond with minor scrambling effort and explore a seemingly endless collection of sandstone hills, ledges, and canyons. Just don't get lost! You will have to exit the way you came in.

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2011-02-03 autumnstars
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Permits are purchased upon entry to individual parks at a standard entrance fee of $7 to $12 per day with a $2.00 discount to Nevada residents. more info

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Las Vegas, drive north on I-15. Take exit 75 and drive east on NV169 approx 14 miles to the Valley of Fire State Park entrance station. Continue along NV169 another 4 miles to the signed White Dome Road toward the visitor's center. Turn left and follow signs toward Mouse's Tank. The signed trailhead parking is a little more than 1 mile past the visitor's center.
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