Badger Valley Loop Nevada

Alamo, Nevada (Lincoln County)

Last Updated: 02/28/2018
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Status:
Open
Length: 25.75 miles
Highest Elevation: 5714 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Alamo
Nearest Town w/ Services: Alamo
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: BLM Pahranagat Range, Basin & Range National Monument
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Highlights

Highlight: Badger Valley Loop Nevada
The Badger Valley is a high desert valley located between Badger Mountain to the west, and the East Pahroc Mountain Range to the east. The many beautiful panoramic vistas of valleys, deserts, and mountains is astounding. There are also ample opportunities to view wildlife, including deer, bighorn sheep, and wild horses. Due to the abundance of wildlife, it is a popular area for hunters. The Badger Valley Loop is a short and easy trail for one interested in nature photography. The north part of the offroad trail is bordered on the northwest by a section of the Basin & Range National Monument called The Shooting Gallery. This area is an excellent place to discover ancient Native American petroglyphs, some of which are 3000 years old. Between Alamo and Rachel NV is the site of the Devonian Alamo Bolide Impact when, 367 million years ago, one or more meteors slammed into the earth. Unfortunately, the exact location of the impact zone has been obscured by time. For those interested in geology, there are still many signs of this event still visible such as impact breccia, distorted limestones, and high levels of iridium. The area around Badger Valley is bordered on the south by the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and on the south and east by the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. North is the Basin & Range National Monument. West of Badger Mountain is the Nellis Air Force Testing range where nuclear testing was done in the 1950s until the surface ban in the early 1960s.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead, Repeater Road (0 mi)
Head west on Repeater Road. Photos 1 & 2 are to the west from the trailhead toward the East Pahranagat Range. Photo 3 is looking north up Lincoln Avenue.

Directions to Trailhead

From Las Vegas head NE on the I-15 N. Approximately 23 miles north from the city center (north end of the Las Vegas Strip), take Exit 64 and turn onto US-93 N (The Great Basin Highway) toward Pioche/Ely. You will reach Alamo, NV in 73.4 miles. The Loves truck stop at Exit 64 is the last service before reaching Alamo. In Alamo turn west on Broadway Street. There is a Sinclair gas station on the corner of US-93 and Broadway Street. This is a good place to top off on fuel and grab any last minute supplies. Head west on Broadway for approximately 0.6 mile, at the school the road will veer NW and becomes Park Blvd. Turn west onto Lincoln Ave. about 0.4 miles ahead. Repeater Road and the Trailhead will be on the west side about 0.3 miles further on.

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Rick Fleming

Mapping Crew - Nevada

I am relatively new to 4-wheeling having just recently been bitten by the the bug. In the last 3 years I have been on the trails every chance I could. In 2015 I bought my first Jeep, a new JK Unlimited Sahara and since then have spent most of my free time exploring the deserts of the southwest. Usually I travel alone with just Zack, my Golden Retriever, as a companion. I have spent most of my life as an oceanographic surveyor working and living in many regions across the globe. Now that I am semi-retired I enjoy exploring the remote areas of the American southwest. I am constantly amazed at the natural beauty and rich history of the region. Ghost towns, old mines, and abandoned ranches are all, to me, valuable reminders of our shared past. Every time I am on a challenging section of an old mining road I wonder how difficult it would have been for the early men and women who first blazed the trail. Then, after contemplating the hardships they must have endured, I turn on the air conditioning and crank up some tunes. Having grown up on the coast of southern California my new home in Las Vegas has opened up endless opportunities to explore and generally just play in the desert. Visit my YouTube channel Rick & Zack Explore Offroad for more videos.
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