Secret Pass - Nye County

Beatty, Nevada (Nye County)

Last Updated: 02/18/2019
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 13.74 miles
Highest Elevation: 4540 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Beatty
Nearest Town w/ Services: Beatty
Official Road Name: N/A
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Tonopah Field Office


Highlight: Secret Pass - Nye County
The Secret Pass 4x4 trail is an easy way to explore a seldom visited area of Nevada, and one of the best places we know of to see wild burros. 4 wheel drive is usually not required, and you will see unusual geologic formations, active and abandoned mining operations, unspoiled desert scenery, and expansive views along the way that will ensure you made the right choice taking this remote Nevada offroad trail.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This undesignated well-maintained gravel road has a speed limit of 45 MPH, and there are a few minor trails taking off both sides of this road perfect for exploration of old mine prospects and cinder cone geological formations. The good gravel road continues for approximately 8.1 miles. Watch for wild horses and burros all along this route.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Beatty, NV

If coming from the south - The Secret Pass 4x4 trail is approximately 105 miles NW of downtown Las Vegas on US 95. There is a well marked Nevada State roadside rest area at the intersection of US 95 and Nevada Highway 373 at Amargosa Valley about 90 miles from Las Vegas. From the intersection of US Highway 95 and Nevada Highway 373, continue north on US 95 approximately 15.6 miles. Turn right (east) onto the unmarked, but very well maintained gravel road. If coming from the north - In Beatty at the intersection of US 95 and Nevada Highway 374 (4 way stop), go south on US 95 approximately 14.4 miles. Turn left (east) onto the unmarked, well-maintained gravel road.



Trail Reviews (2)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is specie springs the place where there used to be exotic fish in the spring pond? Is this good area for BH sheep?
–Ken Bowman (02/10/2018)
–Chuck Brinkley (02/21/2019)
–Bill Clement (10/04/2018)
–Brian Hoag (02/10/2018)

Writer Information

Brian Hoag

Mapping Crew - Nevada

Brian has been 4 wheeling since 1976. He first learned at age 7 that "The best things in life are dirty" in a brand new 1958 Jeep FC-170 on his aunts Nebraska farm. That forward control pickup seemed like it would go anywhere and he was hooked, even though he didn't know it yet. Jump forward to 1972... Brian's first duty assignment in the US Air Force was as a vehicle operator assigned to the USAF Survival School at Spokane, Washington. Part of his duties required hauling equipment and transporting vehicles to a remote training area in northern Washington national forest locations, and he often would be asked to take radio equipment to a mountaintop radio antenna site. The road was awful, or at least seemed that way in a 1967 6 passenger Dodge Power Wagon with 45 lbs of pressure in the tires, but it also hooked Brian on backcountry 4x4 exploration. Brian's first 4x4 was a used '76 Ford F150 pickup. It didn't take very long to figure out that the long wheelbase of the pickup didn't work well on the narrow Colorado trails near his home, so he traded for a brand new 1983 Chevy Blazer S10. The S10 was a nice vehicle, but it wasn't a Jeep, and that was what Brian ultimately wanted. Well, it didn't take long to move over to the Jeep brand, and Brian has been the proud owner of 7 Jeeps of one sort or another over the years. Brian has been 4 wheeling from Mexico to Alaska. After moving from Colorado, he ended up in southern Nevada where his current home is completely surrounded by public lands with thousands of miles of back roads and trails to explore. He looks forward to sharing some of the best 4x4 trails in California's Death Valley National Park, and southern Nevada's mountain and desert locations
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