Mormon Well Road

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4.1/5 (13 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

4.1/5 (13)
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Thought the trail was super easy but a lot of fun. Not terribly technical but had beautiful scenery to look at, all around. Took around 2.5 hours — I do not know how or why it would take 4 hours to do this (just seeing that it is what is listed here). Had it in High 4WD mainly because in a lot of places my back end would get loose from sand/gravel/loose rocks. 2020 Ford Ranger with aftermarket suspension.
Open
Rated 2/5
Visited: 06/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I was trilled to get out on the last weekend before things got really hot in the Las Vegas Valley. Chose this trail because it's apparently a "must do" of easier trails in Southern Nevada. All the online off-roading communities recommend it. I was grossly disappointed with the whole trail except for the Peek-a-boo Canyon area. I didn't feel like for the amount of work driving what ends up being over 40 miles of bad road that there was the scenic payoff that many other trails provide. Yeah, it was ok but it was also a lot of work even aired down, sway bar disconnected and rolling through. Just a tooth rattling washboard. Also worth noting that at the top where the campground is, this year's wet weather meat lots of biting flies and other insects. Can't imagine camping up there in the early summer with the amount of insect swarming going on.
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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.
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.
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/06/2020

Great trail to explore the desert landscape. Easy riding until you get to sawmill road.

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