Potosi Pass

Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark County)

Last Updated: 01/17/2019
3.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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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: Pioneersaloon.info 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 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

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.



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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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