Cowboy Cave at Red Rock
Overview of Cowboy Cave Hike
This is one of those hikes that you need to with someone who has been there before as if you try to find the caves yourself, you may not find them. The hike to the area where the caves are located is not that hard and then you will need to scramble up the mountain to the cave entrance. The scramble up the mountain does have some steep areas with exposure.
The cave is 60 degrees year-round, incredibly dusty, and humid. Unfortunately, visitors have felt the need to leave behind their mark with lots of graffiti and snapping the stalactites from the cave ceiling.
- Cave warning: Caves are dangerous as they can be unstable.
- Asthma warning: Once inside the caves the dust is THICK! I coughed a lot but made it okay. For those who have issues with dust, going inside the cave is not recommended.
Cowboy Cave Hike Information and Stats
- Route Type: Out and Back
- Distance: Approximately 2 miles
- Elevation Gain: Approximately 400′
- Difficulty: Easy hike with elevation gain until you get to the climb to the caves where there is some scrambling. There are places that could be a concern if you are afraid of heights and/or exposure.
Getting to Cowboy Cave
- Trailhead: The trailhead is one mile past the Scenic Loop entrance, look for the “Horseback Riding” sign on the left.
- Parking: Limited, so get there early
- Fees: None
Other Information About Cowboy Cave
- Restrooms: There are portable restrooms at the Cowboy Trails
- Cellular Service: Unknown at this time
- Kid Friendly: Possibly, if they are good climbers
- Dog-Friendly: No
What to Take on Your Hike to Cowboy Cave
Easy hike and not much is needed other than a headlamp. I do not recommend relying on a flashlight as you will need your hands to climb once you are in the cave. Below are my recommendations of what you should take on this hike:
- Hydration pack with 2 liters of water
- Headlamp (a must if going into the caves)
- Extra batteries for your headlamp (or take an extra as a backup)
- Hat or helmet to avoid cuts and bumps if you hit the ceiling, etc.
Cowboy Cave Photos
- I am a hiking enthusiast and not an expert, the information shared here is from my personal experiences and research to share with others as a reference.
- All stats such as distances, elevations, elevation gains, ratings, and times are approximate based on mobile apps, GPS data, Google Earth, and other references compiled as a resource.
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Cowboy Cave at Red Rock
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.