Valley of Fire State Park/Mouse’s Tank – Overton, Nevada

Mouse’s Tank
A very short but fun little hike…

Valley of Fire State Park offers many beautiful hikes that you many want to consider! I chose Mouse’s Tank because it was picturesque AND my hiking partner is only 4 years old so we had to keep it short!

Directions:
From Las Vegas: I-15 North to the 76 (There are signs- you can’t miss them)
1 hour from the Strip
For information, click here: http://www.valley-of-fire.com/park-information/
$10 entry fee/$8 Nevada Residents

The Low Down:

Rated as an EASY hike (Really easy)

Wear desert appropriate clothing (Layers in the winter, sun protection in the summer)

Hiking Boots or really good sneakers will work

Sun Block is a must no matter what time of year. Sunglasses and a hat are a good idea

Cell Service? Nope!

WATER, WATER, WATER

Indulge in a PICNIC. There are tables across from the trailhead BUT You’ll need to bring a Citronella Candle or some sage to burn (the flies are desperate for water and WILL TORTURE YOU).

Very Kid Friendly- especially if they listen well.
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Mouse’s Tank is a 1/2 mile round trip hike in sand. Yup- sand. It’s flat and not terribly rocky so if it’s not too hot, you should enjoy yourself! Caiden and I went on the 1st over 80 degrees day of the year and we drank TONS of water and did grab some shade a few times. I’ve been to Valley of Fire in the Winter AND Spring. It is WAY more comfortable to go in the Winter- trust me!

Anyway…exercise wise- walking in the sand always makes a hike a little harder so expect to get your heart pumping if you take it at a moderate pace.

I’m a sucker for petroglyphs. Caiden didn’t know what they were but now that he does he can actually point them out. Smarty Pants!

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The beginning of the trail

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A close-up of some Petroglyphs

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My little companion!

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The hike was short and sweet. Come to think of it- so is my hiking partner!

While in Overton, check out The Lost City Museum
http://museums.nevadaculture.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=397&Itemid=125

Worth the $5 admission 🙂

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