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About Sloan Canyon

The creation of at least eight volcanoes millions of years ago (all of which are now extinct), Sloan Canyon is just shy of 50,000 acres and contains a staggering number of petroglyphs (rock engravings). Containing the northern end of the McCullough Mountain Range, including the North McCullough Wilderness Area, Sloan Canyon is home to some of the best climbs within easy access of most of the Las Vegas Valley.

In Petroglyph Canyon (accessible via the 101 trail from the Shadow Canyon Access Point) there are over 1,500 distinct petroglyphs as part of 300 rock panels. Other notable areas of Sloan Canyon are Black Mountain and its summit at 5,092 ft, McCullough Hills Trail, and the Anthem East Trail. Wildlife in Sloan Canyon includes typical desert wildlife such as snakes, coyotes, and lizards as well as Big Horn Sheep.

The trail systems in Sloan Canyon are maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and City of Henderson both, and are still expanding with miles being added all the time! McCullough Hills Trail, one of the most popular running spots in Las Vegas, is a wide doubletrack that spans 8.5 miles across Sloan Canyon and joins the trails on the west side of Sloan Canyon to those on the east.

Please reference the Hiking Use Map and stay on designated trails inside of the restricted zone.

Getting to Sloan Canyon

Sloan Canyon is located in the south/southeast region of the Las Vegas Valley, extending largely into Henderson and encompassing the North McCullough Wilderness as well as most of the northern McCullough Mountain Range as a whole. It is accessible on from the east and west sides through three main trailheads, but there are many access points to the canyon's trail system including two City of Henderson trailheads that connect with the Sloan Canyon trail system.

Official Trailheads

McCullough Hills Trailhead

Used for Henderson Trail Classic

By far the largest and best-equipped trailhead in Sloan Canyon, the McCullough Hills Trailhead offers plentiful paved parking, a bathroom, drinking fountains, and a covered picnic table. Trails accessed through the McCullough Hills Trailhead are the far southern end of Amargosa, the eastern end of McCullough Hills Trail, and Phainopepla — an unofficial and very fun trail just outside of Sloan Canyon.

How to Get There

Take US-95 and exit west on Horizon Dr, towards the mountains and shopping center. Immediately cross Horizon Dr. and turn left onto Horizon Ridge Pkwy, continuing south on Horizon Ridge Pkwy to the first stoplight at Mission Dr. Turn right onto Mission Dr and drive to the end of the road and the McCullough Hills Trailhead on the south side of the road.

Anthem Hills Park Trailhead

Located at the eastern end of the parking lot for City of Henderson's Anthem Hills Park, the Anthem Hills Trailhead has access too all of the amenities of the park including paved parking, bathrooms, drinking fountains, and a covered picnic table. The only trail accessed through the Anthem Hills Trailhead is the northern end of Anthem East Trail, which then provides access to McCullough Hills Trail.

How to Get There

Take Eastern Ave south from I-215 for approximately 3 miles and follow the road left onto Anthem Pkwy. Turn left at the first light onto Reunion Dr and continue to McCullough Hills Pkwy between Anthem Hills Park and Del Webb Middle School. Turn left onto McCullough Hills Pkwy and take another left into the Anthem East Park parking area then take the first right into the access road leading to the far baseball field. Continue to the left around the fenced off area and to the end of the parking lot and the Anthem Hills Trailhead.

Shadow Canyon Access Point

Offering a handful of paved parking spaces and a shaded seating area, the Shadow Canyon Access Point is the least-equipped of the Sloan Canyon trailheads listed here. The only trail accessed directly through the Shadow Canyon Access Point is the southern end of Anthem East Trail, which then provides access to 404 (Black Mountain Trail) — a 3.5 mile trail up Black Mountain with 2100 ft of vertical climb —, 402, 403 (Park Peak), and 101 (Petroglyph Canyon).

How to Get There

Take Eastern Ave south from I-215 for approximately 3 miles and follow the road left onto Anthem Pkwy. Stay on Anthem Pkwy for another 3 miles and turn left onto Somersworth Dr and continue for another mile to Shadow Canyon Dr and turn right. Drive down the hill on Shadow Canyon Dr and the trailhead is a small parking lot on the right.

Hidden Falls Park Trailhead

As a City of Henderson park, Hidden Falls Park offers all the amenities of the park including paved parking, bathrooms, drinking fountains, and covered picnic tables. The only trail accessed directly through the Hidden Falls Park Trailhead is Amargosa, which then provides access to Phainopepla and McCullough Hills Trail. The Hidden Falls Park Trailhead is technically outside of Sloan Canyon, but offers access to trails linking directly with the Sloan Canyon system and offers similar trails.

How to Get There

Take US-95 and exit west on Horizon Dr, towards the mountains and shopping center. Continue straight through the intersection with Horizon Ridge Pkwy until Horizon Dr turns into the Hidden Falls Park parking area. Follow the parking lot around behind the shopping center and continue all the way up the hill until the parking area ends with a roundabout at the trailhead.

Shaded Canyon Trailhead

Not to be confused with the similarly-named Shadow Canyon Access Point, the Shaded Canyon Trailhead is part of the City of Henderson trail system. A very minimal trailhead, the Shaded Canyon Trailhead doesn't have any bathrooms, seating areas, or access to running water and the only parking available is in the street next to the trailhead. The only trail accessed directly through the Shaded Canyon Trailhead is the northern end of Amargosa. The Shaded Canyon Trailhead is technically outside of Sloan Canyon, but offers access to trails linking directly with the Sloan Canyon system and offers similar trails.

How to Get There

Take I-215 and exit south onto Gibson Rd, following it to the stoplight with Horizon Ridge Pkwy. Turn left onto Horizon Ridge Pkwy and continue for just over ¾ miles to Shaded Canyon Dr on the right side of the road. Pull onto Shaded Canyon Dr and the trailhead will be on the left.