Horseshutem Springs Road

3/5 (3 reviews)
Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)
Last Updated: 10/11/2021

Trail Information


The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located west of Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. The Horseshutem Springs Road Backcountry 4x4 Trail on the west side of the Spring Mountains near Pahrump offers spectacular views of the Pahrump Valley and Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park some 70 miles to the west. You will likely see wild horses, burros, and if you keep your eyes open, you'll likely see deer too near the end of the trail. Winter may find icy and snowy conditions in the upper areas near the end of the trail. Horseshutem Springs is named for a Paiute Native American suspected of shooting early settlers' horses. The route became a Nye County non-maintained road in 2011 to preserve access to the springs that supply water to the nearby Johnnie community.

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Trail Reviews

3/5 (3)
Visited: 02/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Really nice out and back with Several Spur Trails to Investigate including a Neat little Loop Road all in Under 20 miles. You could use a Stock High Clearance Vehicle - A Lift would certainly be Helpfull here.
Official Crew
Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/07/2021

This trail has gotten much rougher since my last trip. There has been heavy rain through this area and the trail surface has been washed off of much of the sand and small rock base is gone in several areas leaving larger rocks and minor washouts to negotiate.
Official Crew
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/15/2020

This is an easy, scenic backcounty route in Nye county near the small community of Johnnie 16 miles north of Pahrump. I saw nearly a dozen wild horses and a deer in the upper portions of the route. The video is raw drone video of the area.

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