Delamar via Alamo Canyon Road

Alamo, Nevada (Lincoln County)

Last Updated: 12/21/2017
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Status:
Open
Difficulty: 1-2
( EASY )
Length: 29.78 miles
Highest Elevation: 5803 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Alamo
Nearest Town w/ Services: Alamo
Official Road Name: Alamo Canyon Road, Jumbo Road
Management Agency: South Pahroc Range Wilderness Area
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Highlights

Highlight: Delamar via Alamo Canyon Road
The Alamo Canyon Road is an easy trail to the ghost town of Delamar, located in the remote Delamar Valley in Lincoln County, Nevada. Along this route you will pass through the rugged rocks of Alamo Canyon, cross dry lake beds, view ancient Native American petroglyphs, and traverse Joshua Tree forests. All this before reaching the crumbling ruins of the western ghost town of Delamar. Along the way you will have opportunities, if you're lucky, to photograph wild horses and other wildlife, including bighorn sheep and deer.

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Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.
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Description

Alamo Canyon Road is an easy, well maintained road that gently cuts through the Hiko Range and then crosses the Eight Mile Valley. You will then skirt the southern portion of the South Pahroc Mountains before crossing the dry lake bed of the Delamar Flats. Once across the flats you will slowly climb into the Joshua Tree forests of the eastern side of the Delamar Valley. At waypoint 09, as you head east up the wash, the road can be a bit rough and is subject to flooding and washouts. This is an open range grazing area, so watch for cattle on the road.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn east off HWY-93 onto Alamo Canyon Road. You will soon enter Alamo canyon which cuts through the Hiko Mountains. Note that to the west the road is called the Buckhorn Ranch Road.
2. Continue on Alamo Canyon Road (5.3 mi)
Keep on Alamo Canyon Road. Road to the north is Eight Mile Spring Road. You are now crossing the Eight Mile Valley.
3. Junction Cyanide Road (10.9 mi)
Keep southeast on Alamo Canyon Road. Cyanide Road is a shorter, but less scenic, route to Delamar. The mountains to the northeast are the South Pahroc Range.
4. Petroglyphs & Delamar Lake (13.7 mi)
The rock formations on the north side of road contains some ancient petroglyphs. The normally dry Delamar Lake is to the south. Be aware that after rain this could become a rather large mud pit. Alamo Canyon Road becomes Jumbo Road at this point.You are now on the Delamar Flats entering the Delamar Valley.
5. Keep NE on Jumbo Road (18.4 mi)
Take the fork to the northeast to stay on Jumbo Road. The southeast fork is Gregorson Road.
6. Turn North on Cedar Wash Road (20.3 mi)
Head north on Cedar Wash Road.
7. Turn NW on Blith Road (27.8 mi)
Turn northwest on Blith Road. Cedar Wash is to the east.
8. Turn NE on Knoll Pond Road (28 mi)
Head northeast on Knoll Pond Road.
9. Head East up the Wash (28.6 mi)
Head east up the wash towards Delamar. On the south side of the wash you will see the first of many abandoned mines. If you continue north here, in less than a mile, you will come upon the original Delamar Cemetery.
10. End at Delamar (29.8 mi)
You will exit the wash on what was once the main street of Delamar. Just prior to this street you will pass a mine shaft to the west. This shaft has an orange fence around it, but beware, the vast majority of them do not have any barriers. The area of the town site is about 5 square blocks with lots of ruins, mines and relics. If you have small children be careful as there are numerous mine shafts through out the area. To avoid backtracking one could continue north to Hwy-93 via the Delamar Road. Make sure to visit the Helene Cemetery and Magnolia Mine on the way.

Directions to Trailhead

From the Sinclair Gas station in Alamo, NV turn south on US-93. The Alamo Canyon Road turnoff will be to the east in 9.5 miles. Note that to the west the road is called the Buckhorn Ranch Road. There is a street sign and just beyond the turnoff is a cattle guard. If coming from the south Alamo Canyon Road is 70 miles north of the I-15 on US-93.

Camping

There are many opportunities to camp around Delamar, but there are no campgrounds with services anywhere within the Delamar Valley. The Kershaw-Ryan State Park, located two miles south of Caliente on HWY 317, has some facilities but is closed during the winter months. Caliente also has an RV park, Young's RV. 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 Pahrangat 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. 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. There are also 3 motels in Caliente, the Shady Motel, Mull's Midway Motel, and the Rainbow Canyon Hotel.
Camping: Delamar via Alamo Canyon Road

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Writer Information

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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