Anniversary Narrows

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Snapshot

Activity: Hiking Location: Lake Mead NRA
Time on Trail: 1 hour 45 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation: +/- 400 feet

Trailhead

Take I-15 North to Lake Mead Blvd and east for 14 miles to the Lake Mead NRA entrance. Once through the entrance, proceed 2 miles to Northshore Road and go left. Continue to mile marker 16 and make the left into the Calville Wash North Road. I suggest a 4-wheel drive vehicle. If you proceed from here, it’s about 1.3 miles to the parking area above Lovell Wash. The hike starts here.

Highlights

The Anniversary Narrows hike is really easy and great for kids that are learning how to hike. Nice short hike past old borax mines to a 1/4 mile slot canyon. The tough part is driving the narrow dirt roads to get to it. Once on the trail, or a wide open wash as it starts out, there are tons of distractions for the kids. Tons of rocks and lots of old mines pepper the sides of the wash.

The canyon also serves as a gateway to a longer hike, even an overnight for those that want to explore more. It wasn’t in the cards for us with the little man in tow.

Trail Description

This hike is straight forward. From the parking area above the wash, drop down into the wash and head to the right up canyon. It’s a nice stroll up the wash for about a mile to the entrance of the slot canyon itself. Along the way you will see several old borax mines from the early 1920s. Kids will love the rocks and slides along the edge of the wash. The wash is loose which makes this hike a bit more of a workout especially if you are toting a youngster in a back.

Once you reach the opening of the Anniversary Narrows, the perspective changes. The walls close in and the path meanders in front of you for about .25 miles. It’s an awesome slot canyon and there are tons of things to check out with the kids. A few sections have some small step ups but otherwise it’s a pretty easy hike. The far end of the Narrows opens to a canyon that could be explored to lengthen the trip.

We turned around and made our way back to the truck.
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On our way back to the trailhead initially we saw two rattlesnakes sunning on the road. We didn’t see them on our way out.

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