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Arrow Canyon is a 200 ft. deep box canyon located 45 minutes northeast of Las Vegas, NV. The canyon is home to various species of desert wildlife, petroglyphs, and horrendous flash floods. The BLM maintains the land which means you as a public citizen own it too. Take care when visiting the canyon to ensure future visits for years to come. Also keep in mind that Arrow Canyon is a designated Wilderness Area. That, in particular, means no bolting and no motor vehicles.

Further reading:

BLM Arrow Canyon Wilderness page

Getting There 

This is Mr. Brady's and the BLM's prefered access to Arrow Canyon. From Exit 90 on I-15 North, drive exactly 11 miles west on 168. You will pass three roads along the way (on the left) called Warm Springs. At 11 miles (.2 miles past the last Warm Springs road) you will turn left onto dirt road with a sign saying The Brady's. This left turn is right as 168 starts to curve right. Drive .5 miles past The Brady's house to a rectangular fenced area with a building in it. Just in front of the fenced area a rough dirt road skirts the right side of the fenced area. Follow this rough dirt road 1 mile to wilderness fence and park. Walk 20-30 minutes into Arrow canyon. The road is rough but we made it in with a subaru outback wagon (the beginning was the tricky spot). Good to have a 4x4 or high clearance.

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Weather station 18.6 miles from here

22 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arrow Canyon:
Unknown, 10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Swamp Cave
Last Train to Mexico   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Radio Wall
Unknown 10d   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Swamp Cave
Hand Me Down   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Entry Walls
Unknown, 11b   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Swamp Cave
Unnamed 11b Sport   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Swamp Cave
Simple Twist of Fate   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 90'   Swamp Cave
Tangled up in Blue   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Swamp Cave
Shelter from the Storm   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   Swamp Cave
Heart of Glass   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 95'   Swamp Cave
Brown Sugar   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Swamp Cave
Swamp Monkey   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 80'   Swamp Cave
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Featured Route For Arrow Canyon
Simple Twist of Fate

Simple Twist of Fate 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  NV : Arrow Canyon : Swamp Cave
Begin the same as Heart of Glass, but trend right. A really nice route through a series of pockets. Movement is very interesting, a Swamp Cave classic!...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Arrow Canyon Dirty Wall
Arrow Canyon Dirty Wall
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By Christopher Barlow
Feb 24, 2012
If I don't have high enough clearance to get around the rough spot at the final turn off (and assuming I'm willing to walk the extra mile to the canyon), is there a place to park that won't offend anyone?
By Erik Durgin
Oct 21, 2013
Is it OK to camp at the trailhead?
By Arin
From: NW Las Vegas, NV
Oct 25, 2013
I was wondering if camping is allowed as well
By Ashinynickel
Nov 21, 2013
Isn't it always okay to camp on BLM land unless otherwise noted?
By Darren in Vegas
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 22, 2015
Pretty sure that La Reve is across from the Swamp Cave, but I am not 100% sure of that.
By dnoB ekiM
Jan 27, 2015
Le Reve and La Lune are on the right side of the big dirty looking cave/hole that is across from and before the swamp cave (on the right as you approach the swamp cave).
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