The Calico Tanks Trail is one of the most popular trails in Red Rocks Canyon, just west of Las Vegas. Most of the hikes start at trailheads off the Scenic Drive. The Sandstone Quarry parking area is the start of the Turtlehead Peak Trail, the Calico Tanks Trail, and as a starting point for climbers in the Calico Hills. The trail follows a wash north, then enters a gully into the sandstone hills.
The return route is about 2.4 miles (3.9 km) on an out-and-back trail, but the flanks of the trail call for exploration so much more time can be spent enjoying the “slickrock playground” of the Calico Hills.