Horseshutem Springs Road

Pahrump, Nevada (Nye County)

Last Updated: 10/11/2021
3 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.79 miles
Highest Elevation: 5147 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Pahrump
Nearest Town w/ Services: Pahrump
Official Road Name: Horseshutem Springs Road
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Southern Nevada District Office - Las Vegas


Highlight:  Horseshutem Springs Road
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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1. Trailhead - Head East (0 mi)
Turn east onto the unmarked Horseshutem Springs Road. There is a suitable area for airing down your tires a short distance beyond the cattle guard.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Highways 160 and 372 in Pahrump, Nevada

Take Highway 160 north 16.1 miles. On your left is the tiny community of Johnnie with a dilapidated wooden "Johnnie" sign at Horseshutem Springs Road. Turn right and cross the cattle guard.



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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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