Old Spanish Trail North

4.7/5 (4 reviews)
Moapa Valley, Nevada (Clark County)
Last Updated: 12/28/2021
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Highlights

The Old Spanish Trail in southern Nevada was the main trade route in the region from 1826 to 1848. The settlers and traders of the time had to travel through these harsh desert conditions without the aid of modern technology. This northern section travels on a section of the historic trail that borders the Valley of Fire State Park. The route is easy enough for stock 4x4's and an excellent way to connect Las Vegas with many other trails in the region. The early section of the trail is a vast open desert, but it eventually works its way into a very scenic canyon with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (4 reviews)
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
62800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/29/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

THESE PICTURES ARE NOT FOR THIS ROUTE At the end of this route. The access road from Interstate 15 is now a rock crawling trail. Ute Road is completely washed out through the canyon. You must run Warner Valley or attempt the difficult exit to I-15. About a one-mile stretch is a 6-8 in difficulty level and it will only increase after each rain. I have found no written plans for the rebuilding of this route. To access this trail you have to run it in reverse from Moapa or run all of Old Spanish Trail North. The pictures are all of the Ute Road conditions.
Trail Review: Old Spanish Trail North - Bobby Nelson
Trail Review: Old Spanish Trail North - Bobby Nelson
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Status: Open
Visited: 12/27/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Took this trail as a Different, more scenic way to link up with Wieser Valley as opposed to using Ute road as I have come in that way before. And glad I did seeing that Ute Road is more washed out and difficult, then probably when I first did it last year. So this way and it’s probably a lot easier. Interesting drive across the desert especially knowing it was part of the historic old Spanish Trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/29/2021

Be aware you have plan on driving the way way you came in or through Weiser Valley +9 miles UTE Road where it ends is washed out as of 31JUL2021 and looks like it has been for a while. Very pretty drive that is well worth the extra 9 miles of driving beyond what you might expect. Entrance is very hard to see.
Trail Review: Old Spanish Trail North - Joseph Trout
Trail Review: Old Spanish Trail North - Joseph Trout
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Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
62800
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/06/2020

We were on a mission to connect Las Vegas with St. George Utah at Sand Hollow. The trail was easy for our vehicle and we never needed four wheel drive but I'm sure the larger overland rigs may possible need it at some point. The trail really made you feel like you were remote and traveling through a region most don't get to see. We never encountered another vehicle while on the trail.
Trail Review: Old Spanish Trail North - Bobby Nelson
Trail Review: Old Spanish Trail North - Bobby Nelson
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