Mormon Mesa

Moapa Valley, Nevada (Clark County)

Last Updated: 01/28/2020
4 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 20 miles
Highest Elevation: 1904 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Moapa Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moapa Valley
Official Road Name: Mormon Mesa
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Las Vegas District

Highlights

Highlight: Mormon Mesa
Follow in the path of the early settlers along the iconic Spanish Trail of southern Nevada. The original Mormon Mesa route was a challenging task for the early Mormon settlers that were traveling north to Utah. One of the largest obstacles in their path was this massive mesa with near-vertical cliffs. Along this route, you'll have an opportunity to visit the historic marker for this iconic overland trail. The white post marker is where the original route used to climb up to the top of the mesa. It's now just a washed-out ledge but demonstrates the real-world challenges these travelers had to face from 1826-1848. Along the way, you'll have beautiful views of the Virgin River Valley and the rugged mountain range to the north. This trail is an easy and logical addition for anyone traveling off-road from Las Vegas to St. George, Utah.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins at the power-station and large gravel staging area.Travel north along the barrier fence.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moapa Valley, Nevada, I-15 and NV-169

From the intersection of Interstate 15 and State Highway 169, head south on NV-169 for 4.9 miles. Turn left onto Whipple Avenue, travel 1.5 miles, passing the water tank, to the large power station and trailhead.

Camping

Dispersed

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Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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