Robber's Roost is a short loop trail which climbs up a canyon to a couple of caves. It then winds through a forest of pinion pines and mountain mahogany before returning back to the main trail.
Legend has it that Robber's Roost was a hideout for bandits during the days of the old Mormon Trail. The caves not only offered shelter, but also an excellent vantage point for spotting would-be attackers. The canyon had the advantage of terminating near the caves, thus giving the outlaws the ability to easily fence off the back of the canyon as a corral. This corral was a place where robbers could exchange their trail-weary horses for fresh, strong ones. Many times the bandits concealed stolen goods and livestock at Robber's Roost that had been snatched from travelers enroute to California and Utah.
Directions: From Las Vegas, Travel north on U.S. Highway 95, then take State Route 157 west., then transfer onto State Route 158. Travel 3.2 miles north on State Route 158(Deer Creek Road) from State Route 157 (Kyle Canyon Road). On the right is a parking area and the trailhead is on the left.
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