Mormon Well Road

4.5/5 (11 reviews)
Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County)
Last Updated: 04/03/2020
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Highlights

Mormon Well Road is mostly a rough dirt road with stretches strewn with small rocks and gravel. The scenery will change from desert to mountain to canyons. The plant life varies from desert brush to Yucca trees to Pine trees. During the drive you will pass through Peek a Boo Canyon known for a window formed in the cliff wall. Yucca forest is another change of scenery to be seen during the drive. This a great drive to see the different desert landscape in the surrounding area and a place to escape the Vegas heat in the summer.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (11 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 08/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I'm driving a Jeep Rubicon 2020JL, 37 inch tires, 2inch lift. This trail remains a 1-2 rating. It has rained extensively the past two weeks, lots of thunderstorms in the Spring Mts. The nut case (Volunteer) at the Corn Creek visitor center (the same one that still requires masks) tried to tell me the trail was washed out from recent rains and very hazardous. He indicated my rig (with 37 inch tires and a 2 inch lift) might have trouble making it up to the desert pass campground due to the severity of the washouts. I left the visitor center, cautiously drove to the Mt pass campground, never even had to put it in 4WD. All in all, it was a bit more bumpy than when I drove it last Jan 2021, but it is definitely a doable trail with any stock 4WD. I would not take a SUV (non stock 4WD) on it as it is almost 50 miles of shake, rattle and roll, and it would definitely not be good for a typical SUV wanna-be 4WD. Also - there is almost another 10 days of constant T-Storms forecast for the Spring Mts, so conditions could get worse, but are fine as of 08 Aug 2022.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I love to hate this trail even though I do it frequently for a quick getaway. The road for the first several miles is Wash boarded and rough. There hasn't been a time I can remember where it isn't going to jar the fillings in your mouth. Once you get past that though, the trail becomes really enjoyable. I like the campground at the top. I have spent many days and a few nights there. It is always a nice escape from the Vegas heat since its at 6500 feet elevation. I like the peace and quiet the area offers and is a nice spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/06/2020

Great trail to explore the desert landscape. Easy riding until you get to sawmill road.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/04/2020

First trail for us in NV. Stock 4WD Colorado, stock street tires. No problems on Mormon Well Trail, beautiful views. Took us about 4 hours with a few stops to take pictures. The last several miles on the east side of the trail are very rocky roads - uncomfortable. All in all, a great day in the dez. There was a Fish and Game officer at the visitor center on 95 checking vehicles as they entered for proper clearance and tire condition. Not sure if this is everyday or due to the virus situation.
James and Mimi Nicholson
Official Crew
5150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/03/2020

My nephew moved from Connecticut to Las Vegas and has never been offroading. One of the best ways to show him some great trails, different vegetation and some of the wildlife, was to take him on a tour of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge just north of Las Vegas. The weather was 10-15 degrees cooler and there was no one else on the trails. He had a great time, especially when I let him drive a portion of a trail. Mormon Well Road, one of our favorite relaxing trails, was open and in good condition. The weather was sunny with scattered clouds with a temperature in the mid-'50s. It is a nice, easily driven trail that lets you access multiple camping spots in the trees while sharing some great views of the surrounding desert and higher elevation vegetation. The visitor center can provide information about the wildlife and desert landscape.
Trail Review: Mormon Well Road - James and Mimi Nicholson
Trail Review: Mormon Well Road - James and Mimi Nicholson
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