Nelson Roller Coaster

Nelson, Nevada (Clark County)
Last Updated: 03/14/2019
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-3
(EASY)
Length: 10.4 miles
Highest Elevation: 4355 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Nelson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Boulder City
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Highlights

Highlight: Nelson Roller Coaster

Nelson Roller Coaster, located just outside of Nelson, is an off-road trail that features great scenic views and rolling hills with steep climbs and descents. One of the hills has a 40-degree climb that is approximately 300 feet long. If you are looking for a trail that is both exciting and relaxing, then this is the one. The first part of the trail is relaxing with scenic views of the surrounding desert and mountains that gradually increase in elevation and become more challenging. The area known as Nelson, Nevada was originally called Eldorado in 1775 by the Spaniards who made the original discoveries of gold in the area that is now Eldorado Canyon. The town was the site of one of the first major gold strikes in Nevada and one of the biggest mining booms in state history. The community called Nelson was named after Charles Nelson, a camp leader who was slain in his home along with four other people in 1897 by a renegade Indian.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: 1-3
(EASY)

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.

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Description

Nelson Roller Coaster heads east from US 95 toward Nelson winding through the hills. During the trail, you will encounter multiple hill ascents and descents. The trail ends just south of Nelson. The Nelson Roller Coaster is an off-road trail that is comprised of dirt, gravel, loose sand and rocky obstacles. Just like most desert trails, there are many intersecting washes and smaller trails.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead

Trailhead which is located just off of US 95 South.

2. Y Intersection (4.7 mi)

Turn left/north at the intersection to continue on the trail. Continuing straight/east follows the unnamed powerline road.

3. T Intersection (4.9 mi)

Turn right/east to at the intersection to continue on the trail. Turning left/northwest follows a trail that intersection Nelson Cutoff Road.

4. T Intersection (5.4 mi)

Turn left/east at the intersection to continue on the trail. Turning right/west follows Delphi Drive back to US 95 south.

5. Y Intersection (6 mi)

Turn right/southeast at the intersection to continue on the trail. Turning left/northeast follows Delphi Drive.

6. Y Intersection (6.3 mi)

Turn right/southeast at the intersection to continue on the trail.

7. Y Intersection (6.4 mi)

Turn right/southeast at the intersection to continue on the trail.

8. Y Intersection (6.8 mi)

Turn right/southeast at the intersection to continue on the trail. Turning left/northeast will follow Nelson Goldmine trail.

9. Scenery (7 mi)

Some examples of the spectacular scenery to be seen from the trail.

10. Hill/Y Intersection (7.1 mi)

Turn right/west to descend the hill and stay on the main trail. Turning left/south follows an unnamed trail into the desert.

11. T Intersection (7.3 mi)

Turn left/south at the intersection to continue on the trail. Turn right/north to return the trail before the hill climb.

12. T Intersection (7.5 mi)

Turn right/north at the intersection to continue on the trail.

13. Y Intersection (7.7 mi)

Turn left/west at the intersection to continue on the trail.

14. Y Intersection (7.7 mi)

Turn right/north at the intersection to continue on the trail.

15. Y Intersection (8.3 mi)

Turn right/northwest at the intersection to continue on the trail.

16. Y Intersection (8.6 mi)

Turn left/northwest at the intersection to continue on the trail.

17. Hill (9.2 mi)

One of the many hills to ascend and descend that give the trail the name Roller Coaster.

18. Hill (9.3 mi)

One of the many hills to ascend and descend that give the trail the name Roller Coaster.

19. Hill (9.6 mi)

One of the many hills to ascend and descend that give the trail the name Roller Coaster.

20. Hill (9.9 mi)

One of the many hills to ascend and descend that give the trail the name Roller Coaster.

21. Hill (10.2 mi)

One of the many hills to ascend and descend that give the trail the name Roller Coaster. At the apex of the hill climb, the trail bends to the right.

22. End Point/Turn Around (10.4 mi)

This can be the turn around point of the trail. The challenges are different in each direction. This can be the end point of the trail if chosen. From here, follow Nelson Cutoff Road back to Nelson, then follow NV 165 back to US 95 and head north to Las Vegas.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.669237, -114.958702

Starting Point: Las Vegas

From Las Vegas, head south on Interstate 15 to Interstates 215 East and US-93 South/US-95 South towards Boulder City. Turn right/south at US 95 South before Boulder City. Follow US 95 South for approximately 28.8 miles. Turn left across the north bound lane to the trailhead.

Camping

Dispersed

There are no camping or lodging sites along this trail. Camping areas can be found on some of the washes/trails that are close by, such as Aztec Wash Road.

Writer Information

James and Mimi Nicholson

Mapping Crew - Nevada

We are James and Mimi Nicholson, married for 19 years, living in Nevada. We are not new to Off-roading; having owned Jeeps for 18 years. We started with a 1979 CJ-5. Other 4 wheel vehicles owned include CJ-7, Cherokees, Grand Cherokee and a Liberty. We like to overland, camp, whitewater raft and kayak. We have been off-roading in Oregon, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Utah, Louisiana, Texas and Nevada Our focus while off-roading is safety, treading lightly and simply enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Our current rig: 2015 Jeep Wrangler JKU Tank Rubicon. AEV 3.5" lift with 315/75/16 GY Duratracs with level 8 Tracker wheels. C gussets, control arm skids, ACE rock sliders, Engo 10,000 winch, OR-Fab tire/can carrier. M.O.R.E. skid plate, Gobi stealth roof rack. S-pod. ARB OBA. Adams front and rear drive shafts.

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