Callville Wash North Trail

Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County)
Last Updated: 11/07/2017
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Status: Open
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 1-3
Length: 12 miles
Highest Elevation: 2100 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Las Vegas
Nearest Town w/ Services: Las Vegas
Official Road Name: 94
Management Agency: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Highlight: Callville Wash North Trail

Callville Wash Trails are located east of Las Vegas in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area(LMNRA). It is located near the historical site of Fort Callville. The LMNRA, operated by the National Park Service is located in both Nevada and Arizona. It follows the Colorado River corridor. The LMNRA includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, both reservoirs created by Hoover and Davis Dams plus their surrounding areas. Lake Mead was formed in 1935, less than a year before Hoover Dam construction was finished. In 1964, Congress approved the expanded area as the first National Recreation Area. Sent by Brigham Young, Anson Call established Callville, as an outpost for the Mormon settlement, in December of 1864. Callville was used as a military fort/garrison. In 1869, the garrison was shut down, due to the end of the war and lack of conflict with the Native Americans. After the railroads were completed linking the coasts, it made Callville obsolete and was abandoned. Structures could still be seen in the 1930s until the Colorado River was dammed to allow the filling of Lake Mead. Callville Bay Resort and Marina closely located to the historic site.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (1-3)

Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

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The Callville Wash North Trail is a dirt road with rocks and a portion with deep loose sand. 4WD is recommended. At a minimum, a high clearance 2WD vehicle is needed. Cellphone service was not available for most of the trip. We currently use Verizon. As always, please tread lightly. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.


1. Trailhead

After turning off of Northshore road, there is a large open area for airing down and preparing for the trail.

2. Intersection (0.2 mi)

At this intersection, follow the trail to the right/northeast to continue on Callville Wash North trail.

3. Scenery (0.9 mi)

Here are some views of the scenic desert landscape.

4. Intersection (1.8 mi)

At this intersection, follow the trail to the right/northeast to continue to Callville Wash North trail. The left turn appears to merge further on the trail. The turn to the left will take you to the hiking trailhead for the Bowl of Fire.

5. Cave (3.6 mi)

In these pictures, you can see a shallow cave in the rock wall.

6. Small Rock Steps (3.8 mi)

On the trail, you will encounter these small stone steps.

7. Intersection (4.3 mi)

At this intersection, follow the trail in either direction as they do merge further on the trail.

8. Scenery (4.4 mi)

Here are some pictures of the desert landscape and rocky formation seen on the trail. The pictures show the layering and veins of the stone walls.

9. Rock slide (5.8 mi)

At this junction of the trail, a small portion the rock wall collapsed and littered the trail with small to mediums rocks. I removed the larger rocks to allow for passage on the trail.

10. Turn around (5.9 mi)

Here is the turn around point of the trail run. The rock walls narrow and end the driving portion of the trail. You can elect to hike the narrows. As you can see in the pictures, this is a nice camping area. Please note that it is small. 1-2 vehicles and tents would be the most to fit in this area.

11. End point (11.9 mi)

Follow the trail back and the end point is the same as the trailhead. Again, a large area to prepare your vehicle for the next trail or for heading home.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 36.196625, -114.687300
Head north from Las Vegas on Interstate 15. Take the Lake Mead blvd/NV 147 exit off of Interstate 15 and head east for approximately 19 miles until coming to a T intersection. Turn left/east onto Northshore Road/NV 167. The turn for Calville Wash Trail is approximately 12.7 miles. Turn left/north. There will be a sign stating Callville Wash North.


Dispersed camping along the trail. All sites are primitive without amenities. For more information: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Camping: Callville Wash North Trail

Land Use Issues

The trail can be accessed by entering the Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. There is a fee to enter. Lake Mead National Recreation Area Valley of Fire State Park

Writer Information

James and Mimi Nicholson

Mapping Crew - Nevada
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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.


Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Did you guys ever take the route that goes to the right near the end? There is a big mud hole that leads to a canyon like area. I tried but wasn't able to clear the hole and mud on my stock vehicle.
–William Summers (10/20/2017)
A: Hi William. Thanks for the question. Sorry, we have not explore the turn/trail you are asking about.
–James and Mimi Nicholson (10/23/2017)
Q: I am brand new to off-roading, I just bought a new Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk. What do you mean by "airing down"?? I am going to be doing mostly easier roads, car's cost makes this important.
–Richard Micheletti (02/24/2017)
A: I would also add airing down anytime you are on the dirt is critical to significantly reducing your chances of blowing a tire. The stock tires (yes even on Jeeps) are designed for pavement not sharp rocks. The rocks around Vegas really sharp and if you are still using the stock passenger tires they will get sliced up really easily. Airing down the tires to 15-20 psi will make them soft and plyable conform to rocks significantly reducing blowouts. I personally would not drive I'm the desert on stock tires alone.
–David Johnson (07/15/2017)
A: Richard, welcome to the wonderful world of off-roading! Airing down is when you take some air out of your tires to create more traction and also a enjoy more cushy ride on the off-road. It is not necessary for all trails, but it does improve the ride. Remember, you will need a compressor to fill the tires back up for ride back home.
–Todd (02/24/2017)

Trail Reviews (1)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Easy 2wd trail, couple tight spots and a short 50ft long mini slot canyon at the end. This is a great wash to drive right after a rain where the previous vehicle's tracks washed out and you get a true "overland" driving experience for a couple miles.