Callville Wash North Trail
Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark) Technical Rating: 1-3
Last Updated: 11-01-2017
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Callville Wash North Trail Highlights
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 a miltary fort/garrison. In 1869, the garrison was shut down, due to the end of the war and lack of conflict with the Naitve 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.
Technical rating: (1-3) Easy
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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Directions to Trailhead
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.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates:
36° 11' 47.85"N
114° 41' 14.28"W
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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 (0.0mi)
After turning off of Northshore road, there is a large open area for airing down and preparing for the trail.
2: Intersection (0.2mi)
At this intersection, follow the trail to the right/northeast to continue on Callville Wash North trail.
4: Intersection (1.8mi)
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.
7: Intersection (4.3mi)
At this intersection, follow the trail in either direction as they do merge further on the trail.
8: Scenery (4.4mi)
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 (5.8mi)
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 (5.9mi)
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.
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.
Camping and Lodging
Dispersed camping along the trail. All sites are primitive without amenities.
For more information: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Questions & Answers
Offroaded on 11-01-2017
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.