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Mouse's Tank
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Stop 4 Mouse's Tank
Location: Valley of Fire State Park about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Date: March 6, 2007

Mouse’s Tank is a short half mile (805 m) hike through the red sandstone to a natural basin that collects rain water. 

The basin found at the end of the trail is small.  However, it is deep and can hold rain water for months.  This trail is so named because of an Indian who used this area as a hideout in the 1890’s.

 


The image shows the natural water reservoir at the end of the trail at Mouse’s Tank. 
The reservoir can hold rain water for more than one month.

 

While walking along this trail it is easy to see the petrogpyphs left behind from the Fremont and Anasazi people.  The black deposits found on the rocks near and around the petrogpyphs is called desert varnish.  Desert varnish is manganese oxide deposit which is formed when the heat from the desert sun combines with the rocks chemicals to form a build up over time.


This is just one example of the many petroglyph panels found on the Mouse's Tank trail.

 

By Shana Neumann