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Hike Grapevine Canyon Trail (NV)

  • 4 miles - Easy Effort
  • Or: Half Mile for Petroglyphs
  • 2 Hours (Total)
  • Expect to See Some Other Hikers
  • 300 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 2,770 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

Home to ancient petroglyphs and a desert waterfall, hiking the Grapevine Canyon Trail in Avi Kwa Ame National Monument is spectacular. The hike is not too strenuous but has enough twists and turns to make it exciting.

In this Guide:
  • Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • Getting to the Trailhead
  • Hidden Waterfalls & Petroglyphs!

Where is Grapevine Canyon?

Grapevine Canyon Location
Grapevine Canyon is about an hour south of Las Vegas.

First, there are many "Grapevine Canyons" around the USA, so make sure you drive to the one in Nevada. Use this trailhead address:
Grapevine Canyon Trailhead, Grapevine Canyon Rd, Searchlight, NV 89046

Road To Grapevine Canyon
The road to the trailhead is dirt/sand but in decent condition. You should be okay in a low-clearance car.
Grapevine Canyon Parking
There's a large parking area with a primitive toilet. There's no water here.

Gear Recommendations

If you just want to hike to the petroglyphs, it will only take a few minutes, and you don't need anything special. I'd recommend fitness or light hiking gear for the entire hike. Trail runners will help with the different rocks and surfaces. And this is the desert; it can be deadly in the summer. Save the hike for a time when the temperatures are cooler, and bring at least 1L of water and sun protection.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
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Gear Topo Pursuit
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Gear Epix Pro Up Ahead
Garmin Epix ProHiking maps, route info, and fitness stats on my wrist. Review here.
Hikelite 26 Gear
Osprey Hikelite 26Lightweight, carries all your gear, and your back doesn't get sweaty. Oh yea, it's also one of the most inexpensive packs you can get.

Check out the complete list here. ( Updated July 2024)

Grapevine Canyon Trail Maps

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Grapevine Canyon changes as the wind and water shift the landscape over time. There isn't an established trail but a series of trails and washes that head up the canyon. Looking for the most footprints is a good clue as to which way to go.
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Use This Map:
View in CalTopo | PDF Map | GPX File

Grapevine Canyon Hike Directions

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Hike into and up the wash from the interpretive displays at the trailhead.
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Hike up the wash toward the entrance to the canyon.
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When you get to the mouth of the canyon, look up on either side to see the petroglyphs.
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The petroglyphs are thought to be about 1000 years old, and can be seen on either side at the mouth of the canyon. Be respectful and do not touch or damage them.

If you only want to view the petroglyphs, simply turn around from here.

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Continue up the canyon. When the trail splits, take the one with the most footprints. If it dead ends, go back and try the other route.

Grapevine Canyon is named after the grapevines that grow here. The canyon is lush because of freshwater springs.

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When you get to the steep wall of granite, look for a path around the left side.
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Continue up through the washes and small trails.
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Cross over the big granite slab and stay left.
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At this point you can go two ways, up the small slot canyon, which involves a small scramble, or around the canyon on the bypass trail to the left.
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Shortly after the canyon you'll see the trail start to dead end ahead. Hike around the boulder to the right.
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And here you are at the waterfall! From here just turn around and go back the way you came.

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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.