Badger Valley Loop Nevada
Alamo, Nevada (Lincoln) Technical Rating: 1-3
Last Updated: 02-28-2018
BLM Pahranagat Range, Basin & Range National Monument
Badger Valley Loop Nevada Highlights
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 the nuclear testing was done in the 1950s until the surface ban in the early 1960s.
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
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.
This is a loop that travels 3, mostly, well maintained roads. Repeater Road, Badger Road, and the Badger Valley Loop Road. There seems to be some confusion on road names. Some sources label a section of Repeater Road, between waypoints 8 & 9, as Alamo Tower Road South. Also some maps label the section of Badger Valley Road at waypoint 14 as Old Corn Road. Badger Valley Road can also be named Badger Road. Canyon Road can be labeled Curtis Canyon Road.
All in all, this is an easy going drive. The section going east from Medsger Pass, between waypoints 13 & 14, travels down a wash. This is the only place where I needed to go into 4WD. Caution should be taken here if there is a chance of flooding.
To bypass this area, continue south at waypoint 11 about 3 miles then turn north at Badger Road to WP 14.
The lands are public, so passage is always legal, but be sure to leave any gate as you find it: either open or closed. A closed gate could mean that cattle have been moved into the area to graze, so be careful.
1: Trailhead, Repeater Road (0.0mi)
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.
2: Stay on Repeater Road (2.6mi)
Repeater Road veers NW. Photo 2 is looking east toward Alamo. The last photo is looking north east toward HWY-93.
3: Canyon Road Intersection (4.4mi)
Keep to the west where Canyon Road merges with Repeater Road. The first two photos are where Canyon Road merges with Repeater Road. The last shows Curtis Canyon, which you will be driving through.The ancient Native Americans used Curtis Canyon to drive herds of game into a killing zone.
4: Take Road to the East (6.1mi)
Keep to the east. The road will start to climb. First photo is looking to the south. The last two are looking north back to Curtis Canyon.
5: Continue South on Main Road (7.6mi)
Keep on Main Road First two photos are looking south. Last photo is looking north. Spur will dead end at an abandoned radio site.
6: Scenic Vista (9.1mi)
Continue on Repeater Road. Some beautiful vistas to the north and east. The first photo is looking north, the second is looking south, while the last is also looking north.
7: Shooting Gallery Petroglyphs (9.7mi)
To explore the Shooting Gallery Petroglyph Site turn west here. In about 0.25 miles the road will end at a parking area. The road leading to the site is called Hilltop Road. The first two photos show the Jeep heading south on Repeater Road.
8: Intersection, Continue South on Repeater Road (10.4mi)
Continue south on Repeater Road. Some maps show Repeater Road turning into Alamo Tower Road South at this point. The road east goes to a cellular radio tower. The road to the west is a spur to the Badger Mountain hiking trail. The first photo is looking south. The second one is looking north. The last has the Jeep facing south with the spur to the Badger Mountain hiking trail to the west.
9: Head East at Junction with Badger Valley Loop Road (12.7mi)
Turn east on Badger Valley Loop Road. In about 1000 feet the road will dogleg to the south. If you go west, you will meet up with Badger Valley Road and the spur to Badger Spring & the Tickaboo Hiking Trail. The first photo shows the junction with Badger Valley Loop Road, looking south. The second is looking NE, while the last is looking north.
10: Stay on Main Road (15.7mi)
Stay on the main road. The spur is a short run to the base of the mountain which offers some excellent views of the valley. Also a good place to set up camp. The first photo is looking south. The second and third are looking north.
11: Go SE at Junction with Badger Road (16.7mi)
Turn SE at Badger Road. Turning NW will take you to Badger Spring & the Tickaboo Mountain Hiking Trail. Photo 1 is looking SE down the Badger Valley Road. Photos 2 & 3 are looking north.
12: Take SE road to Medsger Pass (18.6mi)
Take the road to the east to Medsger Pass. Note the old water tank in the background, it will be to the west of you. If it is to the east when you pass it, you have missed your turnoff. To bypass Medsger Pass continue on Badger Road, it will loop around to the NE once south of the mountain. Photo 1 is looking south. Photo 2 is looking north. The last is looking south zoomed into the old water tank.
13: Medsger Pass (19.4mi)
Continue down the pass. Parts of this section is in a wash. Caution should be taken if there has been recent rain. There is a road heading south just before the summit that should also link up with Badger Road. Photos 1 & 2 are looking east down the pass. Photo 3 is looking to the west.
14: Merge NE on Badger Road (21.0mi)
Merge onto Badger Road and continue NE. Some sources call this road Old Corn Creek Road or Old Corn Road. The first & second photos are looking NE. The last is looking SW.
15: End (26.1mi)
Trail Ends at Hwy 93. North will take you back to Alamo. South to the I-15 The trail exits a about a mile north of the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. If you have the time it's worth a stop. Photo 1 is looking to the east. Photo 2 is looking west, while the last is looking north.
Camping and Lodging
There are plenty of places to camp along this trail, pick a spot and pitch a tent. However, the general rules for camping on BLM land applies. Dispersed camping is allowed free of charge, for up to 14 days in any one spot. No camping is allowed within 100 yards of a water source. Collection of firewood is prohibited.
The Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge offers free camping, with limited facilities, on a first come first serve basis. There are also a couple of private RV parks within 15 miles of Alamo. The picture is of one of the campsites at the NWR.
There is only 1 motel in Alamo itself, the Alamo Inn. This is a modestly priced, older motel. Just outside of town are 3 other hotels, The Sunset View Inn, Cowboys Dream and the Windmill Ridge.
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