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nálægt Silver City (historical), Nevada (United States)
Hike Time: 20-30 minutes
Distance: 7/10 of a mile round trip
Elevation Difference: 80 feet
Mouse’s Tank is a natural basin in the rock where water collects after each rainfall. A half-mile round trip trail leads to Mouse’s Tank from the trailhead parking area. There are excellent examples of prehistoric petroglyphs on the trail. Mouse’s Tank is named for a Southern Paiute Indian renegade (“Little Mouse”) who used Valley of Fire as a hideout in the 1890’s after he was accused of killing two prospectors and other crimes in the area. It is named ‘The Mouse’s Tank’ because an alleged Southern Paiute Indian renegade named ‘Little Mouse’ hid out there in the 1890’s. He was accused of gunning down two prospectors and many other crimes.
Facilities: Parking, Restrooms, Picnic Shelter, and Interpretive Trail
Directions to Trailhead: From Valley of Fire West Entrance, drive 3.7 miles along the main park road. Turn left when you see signs for the Visitor’s Center, Mouse’s Tank, Rainbow Vista, and White Domes. Pass the Visitor’s Center (on your right). Drive 1 mile and turn right into the parking lot for Mouse’s Tank.
The Hike: The paved trail starts at the east side of the parking lot near the restrooms. After 30 yards the pavement ends and you will be waking in sand. Go north (left) at the trail sign and walk 50 yards to Mouse’s Tank.
Comments: The trail is also known as Petroglyph Canyon Trail. It is named ‘The Mouse’s Tank’ because an alleged Southern Paiute Indian renegade named ‘Little Mouse’ hid out there in the 1890’s. He was accused of gunning down two prospectors and many other crimes in the area. He apparently went wild on a few occasions when he got drunk.