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Red Spring, NV

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NV > Vegas
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,600 feet
Elevation Gain 116 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.08
Interest Historic
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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4  2009-02-26 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  4:25am - 7:02pm
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Under The Boardwalk
by AZLOT69

Overview: Red Spring is part of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, managed by BLM since 1967. This interpretive trail which is now entirely on a boardwalk has several educational waysides with placards describing the ever changing landscape and geological history of Red Spring.

Hike: The boardwalk starts from the paved parking area which is equipped with restrooms but no water. The trail is handicap accessible with most of the hundred foot gain of elevation at the beginning. Hugging the base of these towering dunes, the boardwalk gets you close enough to see the effect of what iron rich coatings on grains of sand and calcium carbonate from water has done to these dunes both bleaching the rock white accented with the deepest reds resulting in patterns of red spots, bumps and marbles. There are several petroglyphs and pictographs on the south facing walls. Red Spring is alive with plant and animal life that has been drawn to this oasis for millions of years. The water filters thru the sandstone from melting mountain snows in the Spring Mountains to the west. The area is thick with aquatic plants, frogs, toads, and snails. Evidence abounds which supports occupation of this area by prehistoric people. Several hunting weapons, tools, pottery, and metates have been located. The boardwalk also passes by cement foundations of settlers from the mid 1800s who had vast cattle ranches taking advantage of the spring water. Several cottonwood trees provide comfortable shade for those interested in bird watching from many available benches along the loop.

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2009-03-05 AZLOT69
    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.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Red Spring Trailhead
    From downtown Las Vegas (or from I 15), drive 15 miles west on Charleston Blvd. Charleston turns into NV SR 159. Turn north off NV SR 159 onto Calico Basin Road. Take Calico Basin Road one mile to the Red Spring trailhead.

    From Las Vegas (I-15 & I-515) 16.1 mi - about 29 mins
    From Reno (I-80 & US 395) 450 mi - about 8 hours 15 mins
    From Wells (I-80 & US 93) 438 mi - about 7 hours 57 mins
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