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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.
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.
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