|Permit Information:||Permit Required - Click Here|
|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|
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.
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.Read more about our rating system
After turning off of Northshore road, there is a large open area for airing down and preparing for the trail.
At this intersection, follow the trail to the right/northeast to continue on Callville Wash North trail.
Here are some views of the scenic desert landscape.
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.
In these pictures, you can see a shallow cave in the rock wall.
On the trail, you will encounter these small stone steps.
At this intersection, follow the trail in either direction as they do merge further on the trail.
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.
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.
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.
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.