Old Spanish Trail North

Moapa Valley, Nevada (Clark County)

Last Updated: 12/28/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 9.55 miles
Highest Elevation: 2520 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Moapa Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moapa Valley
Official Road Name: Spanish Trail North
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Las Vegas Office

Highlights

Highlight: Old Spanish Trail North
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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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is not clearly marked and not highly visible from the roadway. Travel north on the gravel and dirt trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Las Vegas, Nevada

Head northeast on I-15 N for 30 miles. Take Exit 75 toward Valley of Fire E/Lake Mead. Travel 6.8 miles east until the small unmarked trailhead on the left.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (4)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Well this connect to the wiser Valley Trail? It looks like there was a comment about it being washed out?
–William Raufmann (12/26/2021)
–Bobby Nelson (12/27/2021)

Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg
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