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Petroglyph Canyon Trailhead
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Sloan Canyon NCA
Sloan Canyon Trailhead
Sloan Canyon Trailhead

Petroglyph Canyon Trailhead is located on the north edge of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA), on a low desert hill overlooking the Henderson neighborhood of Inspirada.

Nawghaw Poa Road, the 0.7 mile access road, is paved with a paved bike trail, and there is a nice visitor contact building in the parking area.

Nawghaw Poa Road is only open when the contact station is open. Hours are 8:00-4:30 Friday-Sunday during summer and open 8:00-4:30 all week during winter. Call (702) 515-5350 to confirm that the road is open. The rest of the area is always open, and when the road is closed, hikers and bikers can use the road to get to the trailhead.

Sloan Canyon Trailhead provides access to the Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Route and other hikes on the north side of the North McCullough Wilderness Area.

Link to Trailhead Map.

Sloan Canyon Trailhead
Hikers reading trailhead sign (view SE)

From town, drive south on Interstate-15 about 15 miles to St. Rose Parkway (Exit 27). Exit onto St. Rose Parkway eastbound and drive east to Las Vegas Blvd (the first traffic light). Turn right onto Las Vegas Blvd and drive south to Volunteer Blvd (again, the first traffic light). Drive east 2 miles on Volunteer Blvd to Via Inspirada.

Turn right onto Via Inspirada and drive south 1.4 miles to a sharp bend left where the road becomes Bicentennial Parkway. Continue east on Bicentennial Parkway 0.6 miles to a stop sign at Via Firenze.

Turn right onto Via Firenze and drive south 0.6 miles past Adventura Park to a T-intersection with Savella Ave. Turn left onto Savella Ave and drive east 0.1 miles to Via Firenze (yes, Via Firenze; it splits and runs one-way around the park). Turn right onto Via Firenze and drive south 0.6 miles to Democracy Drive.

Turn right onto Democracy Drive (currently dirt; Sep. 2016) and drive west 0.2 miles to Nawghaw Poa Road (Table 1, Site 1192). Turn left onto Nawghaw Poa Road and follow it south 0.7 miles to the end of the road (Site 1194). Park here, this is the trailhead.

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Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
1192 Nawghaw Poa Rd Start 669355 3977157 35.92589 115.12285 2,846
1194 Petroglyph Canyon Trailhead Parking 669169 3976094 35.91635 115.12514 2,895

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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