Badger Valley Loop Nevada

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Alamo, Nevada (Lincoln County)
Last Updated: 02/28/2018
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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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