Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road

4.5/5 (19 reviews)
Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County)
Last Updated: 01/17/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

Rocky Gap (also known as Potato Ridge), a favorite of local off-roaders, is located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area that starts just off of Scenic Loop Drive and continues to Lovell Canyon Road. This can be a challenging off-road trail depending on the season and the vehicle driven. There are bypasses for all of the obstacles except for one particularly rocky wash, which gives the trail its name. There is beautiful scenery to be seen during the drive. Evergreens, canyon and rocky landscapes are just some of the views.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Rocky Gap (Potato Ridge) Road is located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area starts as a dirt road and gains in altitude from either direction. There are multiple optional washes with rock gardens to explore and have fun in. A majority of the road is comprised of dirt and gravel with scattered small to medium rocks. There are multiple intersecting washes filled with rock gardens to be explored. Near the middle of the trail, there is a rock garden that cannot be bypassed. The trail continues to change with the seasons and the traffic. Cellphone service was not available for most of the trip. We currently use Verizon. As always, please tread lightly. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen in the summer.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (19 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Most of this road is a 2, until you hit the gate keeper. I ran this using a 2018 JLU Rubicon, 3” lift and 35” tires with no issues. As many have said in previous reviews, when you hit the gate keeper, it’s best to stop/walk and pick your lines. We accomplished this going west to east, scenery was spectacular and worth every rock we crawled over.
Lee
1900
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/19/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Ran this trail today with a YJ ~2” lift, a stock JLURD & Gladiator Rubicon. The one mandatory rocky section was challenging but none of the vehicles had any issues, but we did take it slow. The optional rock gardens would be impassable with the vehicles we drove today. Great views and the weather was perfect with some snow on the trail.
Trail Review: Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road - Lee
Trail Review: Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road - Lee
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/24/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this with 3 other Jeeps today 11/24/21 Great trail, ran from west to east with no other traffic on the trail. Some technical sections in the mandatory rock section, took one turn (to the right of the legendary tree) and this was more difficult than the regular trail, got hung up a bit but backed up and got through it ok. Banged on my skids in that section a couple times but overall a great run. I have open diffs and 295/70/17s. When I run it again I should have 35s by then, which should keep the skids off the rocks. There's plenty of opportunity to make this trail as tough as you want, so should satisfy even the hardcore crawlers. If you have a moderate to heavy built Jeep and are in the Vegas area this needs to be on your must-do list!
Trail Review: Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road - brad newton
Trail Review: Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road - brad newton
Nick
100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Just did this today kind of randomly. Started off the loop (reverse direction). Did this with a 2019 4Runner - with - stock suspension, wheels, and tires (which I DO NOT recommend since you will definitely bottom out a few times). Got through alright. It was a very fun experience!
Trail Review: Rocky Gap/Potato Ridge Road - Nick
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I have run this trail many times. All of my Jeeps have made this trail without many issues at all. It seems like it has gotten a little easier or maybe that is because I am in a newer Jeep with all the bells and whistles. Either way, its a fun trail to explore and has it challenges. I also managed to log it on my Badge of Honor app so now its official that I have run the trail.

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