Miller Point Caves Loop
ElevationAscent: 137' 42 m
Descent: -137' -42 m
High: 4,961' 1,512 m
Low: 4,825' 1,471 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A desert trail through amazing eroded clay formations with access to gorgeous slot canyons.”— Stephanie Reed
Once you have reached this picnic area, you are close to three sets of "caves" - the Cathedral Caves, the Canyon Caves, and the Moon Caves. The best part of this hike is going into these "caves" (slot canyons, really) and exploring them to their ends, where they usually end in really amazing dry waterfalls. If you are lucky, you'll find hidden treasures, like underground passages eroded by the flood waters that lead to even more spectacular slot canyons (there is at least one in the Moon Caves). All of these sets of slot canyons have fun places to explore, and they are a great break from the desert heat on a summer day.
Once you've explored the caves, finishing at the Moon Caves, you can return back the way you came along the dirt road that leads back to the picnic area, and eventually back to Miller Point. Make sure to take a look at the abandoned water tower that sits between the Cathedral and Canyon Caves, it is another famous landmark in the area and is a beautiful addition to the landscape. Unfortunately, returning the way you came means you need to go up on the last quarter mile, but the ascent is pretty gradual and only lasts for about 150 vertical feet, so it's not so bad, especially if it's not too hot outside.
Land Manager: Nevada State Parks