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Potosi Pass

Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County)

Last Updated: 01/17/2019
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 33 miles
Highest Elevation: 4400 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Other Shapes
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Las Vegas
Nearest Town w/ Services: Las Vegas
Official Road Name: 582
Management Agency: US Forest Service
District: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
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Highlight: Potosi Pass
Potosi camp is a former Lead mining district started by Mormon Missionaries in the mid 1850's. The mines were abandoned by the Mormons in 1857. In 1861, the mines were reopened by California Mining interests and built a camp. During WW2, the area was important source of Zinc. The trail goes around the western side of Potosi mountain. Sights along the trail include desert vegetation, wildlife and cliff walls. The trail ends just outside of Goodsprings, NV home to one of Nevada's oldest saloons; over 90 years and counting. Next door to the saloon is the General store. From their website: The Pioneer Saloon built in 1913, by prominent businessman George Fayle, will charm and envelope you with its intriguing past. As you cross the threshold from the present to the past, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip you will quickly come to appreciate this historical landmark. Many movies have been filmed here but the genuine stories of the Pioneer Saloon do not live in the lines of a movie script but in the echoes of the past. The famous screen legend, Clark Gable, waited for three days at the bar for word on his wife of less than two years Carole Lombard. She was lost in a plane crash near Mount Potosi. You will be able to read this tragic story on an original newspaper and see a piece of the actual wreckage. At one time the saloon was next to a hotel that not only served as a comfortable rest place for the many prospectors and miners in the west... it also served as a place where street girls would frequent with their clients. The hotel is gone now after a severe fire left only ashes to remember.The many tales from the bar along with bullet holes, the pot bellied stove and the paper clippings are just a few of the things that will keep you immersed in the exciting era of the old Wild West.



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1. Trailhead (0.00 mi)
After turning off of highway 160, there will be a large gravel parking area. There is a Historic marker sign explaining the mining history of the area.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 36.000970, -115.485163

Starting Point: Las Vegas

Take State Highway 160/Blue Diamond Road West from Las Vegas or East from Pahrump to Exit sign Potosi Canyon Road/Forest Road 582 and turn south. There is a gravel parking area to air down, wait for others and finalize preparations before starting the trail.



Trail Reviews (6)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Beautiful ride, couple hours of just sunshine, views, rippled rugged rocks, nothing stressful. Tons of wildflowers, used GAIA through carplay which was cool. Go to it- i bet it's gorgeous when stars are out.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The "Waypoints" were very helpful, but at #17 (11.50 miles) it states "Stay left/south to stay on the trail". To continue south you must turn right at this Y intersection. I turned left (north) and the trail became more rugged and narrow for approx 1/4 mile. I turned around and continued south passing the #17 Waypoint and the trail was good and brought exactly to #18 Waypoint. The trail was fun and I had no problems in my F150 4x4 crew cab. Beautiful time of year with wild flowers blossoming throughout the desert along the trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is a good trail for people that want to take it easy. Not much to see. The saloon I think was the best part.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a perfect day on the trail. It was easy enough in my 2007 Toyota 4Runner 2WD. Ran it with another dude that was also his first time on the trail and went through it together with his Toyota FJ. There were steep hills with a lot of loose rocks but went up it with no problems, also have a small clearance issue but it wasn't very much a concern. Very scenic view towards the end when passing the power lines. Would definitely do it again. Highly recommended.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
My first outing using Trails Offroad as my resource, I've been really enjoying all this info. As for our day, I had been up this route before to the A-frame cabin but not further. Today felt like making the journey and it was a great day for it despite some impending storms in the distance. Pretty straight forward at first, but we did take the alternative (steep hill) route at waypoint 16 as it looked fun. It was, and had a few rocky challenges. Unfortunately we turned right instead of left at Kingston Road, which put us about 8 miles out from Goodsprings, but it was an easy fix once we hit Sandy Valley. Enjoyed a meal at the Pioneer Saloon and took Cottonwood Pass back towards Vegas.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Inaugural run for the Southern Nevada Trails off-road Meetup group. The weather was perfect to re-explore the Potosi Pass trail. Mike Winburn, a contributor for accompanied the group, as well as a new member to the Meetup group. We followed the trail from north to south. At the end of the trail, we followed the Bonnie & Clyde trail north to near the starting point. We explored the camp grounds just off the trail and took note of them for future trips in the area.

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James and Mimi Nicholson

Mapping Crew - Nevada

We are James and Mimi Nicholson, married for 19 years, living in Nevada. We are not new to Off-roading; having owned Jeeps for 18 years. We started with a 1979 CJ-5. Other 4 wheel vehicles owned include CJ-7, Cherokees, Grand Cherokee and a Liberty. We like to overland, camp, whitewater raft and kayak. We have been off-roading in Oregon, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Utah, Louisiana, Texas and Nevada Our focus while off-roading is safety, treading lightly and simply enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Our current rig: 2015 Jeep Wrangler JKU Tank Rubicon. AEV 3.5" lift with 315/75/16 GY Duratracs with level 8 Tracker wheels. C gussets, control arm skids, ACE rock sliders, Engo 10,000 winch, OR-Fab tire/can carrier. M.O.R.E. skid plate, Gobi stealth roof rack. S-pod. ARB OBA. Adams front and rear drive shafts.
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