Rainbow Gardens and Lava Butte Loop

3.5/5 (10 reviews)
Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County)
Last Updated: 12/28/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

Approximately 30 minutes from Las Vegas and located in the Sunrise Management Area, the Rainbow Gardens and Lava Butte loop is a scenic trail will allow for an enjoyable and relaxing drive. Along the trail, scenic views of the Lava Butte which is made of volcanic rock can be seen. As you continue on the trail, views of the southern part of the Vegas valley, Henderson and the Las Vegas strip can be seen. On the return part of the loop, you will be able to enjoy the scenery of the Rainbow Gardens road which is comprised or red, tan and white hills.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

3.5/5 (10 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

My wife and I had quite the adventure today. No issues, but the trail was a little more challenging than we anticipated. Looks like, perhaps, from recent rains that have eroded some sections. Telling indicator of recent rain here were several patches of GREEN grass in some of the deeper notches along the trail, and a pond of standing water on the east side I’d definitely bump this up to a 2. The first drop into the wash (following from first waypoint) was a bit harrowing as I hadn’t yet disconnected the sway bar. After disconnecting, the rest of our trail run was fun and uneventful… but there were still several areas to pay attention to. All-in-all, a great afternoon on the trail.
John
1200
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/02/2020

Ran Lava Butte. Dirt roads, super easy and mostly not very interesting. There was one section of winding trail that gets you up close to some of the rock formations. It's an alternate way back from Kodachrome though and different views.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/10/2020

Great views. Easy trail but enjoyed it
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
62850
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/28/2019

We ran the Lava Butte portion of this trail as a second half of our loop. We ran and mapped Kodachrome Road first then walked around the river area before taking this very easy route back to the road. Very scenic area with some interesting geology.
Trail Review: Rainbow Gardens and Lava Butte Loop - Bobby Nelson
Trail Review: Rainbow Gardens and Lava Butte Loop - Bobby Nelson
Status: Open
Visited: 02/12/2018

Here is an off-shoot trail that is relatively difficult to find but is on the map: Redstone Rd. Start of Lake Mead Blvd at the trail head for Rainbow Gardens and Kodachrome Rd, Follow Kodachrome Rd south for approximately one mile and Redstone Rd will be a spur trail to your right. It snakes it's way through a narrow canyon then to beautiful Navajo sandstone formation and then up a saddle to a former mine.

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