Las Vegas, Nevada (Clark) Technical Rating: 1-3
Last Updated: 04-17-2016
Mormon Well Road , Deadhorse Road , White Rock Road, Cow Camp Road, Joe May Road, Hidden Forest Road
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo Road Highlights
Nice trail drive through allowing the driver to experience the desert scenery located in the National Desert Wildlife Refuge, just outside of Las Vegas. There are multiple opportunities to explore other trails going into the canyons and mountains, making this a great area for a weekend get away. Because there is unrestricted camping in the area, it is a great place for campers get to higher elevations to decrease/escape some of the heat from the Vegas Valley.
Technical rating: (1-3) Easy
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.
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Directions to Trailhead
Take US 95 North from Las Vegas to Corn Creek Road. Turn right/east on Corn Creek Road. A visitor center is approximately 4.8 miles from US 95. This is a good place to air down, use the restroom and look at the maps. Near the sign/map is a place to register informing the park staff you are entering the refuge for the day.
Please keep in mind, the speed limit on Corn Creek Road is 35 mph and it is enforced.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates:
36° 26' 17.88"N
115° 21' 30.45"W
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Trail run that starts at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and ends at the town of Alamo approximately 70 miles away. For this run description, we did an out and back ending at the 30 mile marker.
The road consists mostly of dirt and gravel that is passable in a 2WD vehicle with high clearance. There are some spots where 4WD is preferable and may be needed depending on recent and/or current weather conditions.
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.
1: Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (0.0mi)
This is the start for the Alamo road run. A great place to obtain information on the Desert National Wildlife refuge, get a map, use the facilities and air down tires before starting your day.
2: T intersection (0.1mi)
Just after leaving the Visitor Center, you will encounter a T intersection. There will be a large sign with directions and mileage markers for the trails. Turn left/north.
3: Turn off for Joe May Road (3.4mi)
On the right will be a turn off for Joe May Road. It is a short road into the desert area which leads to a hike to Joe May Canyon Guzzler area. A guzzler is a rain water catching system to provide water to the wildlife in the area.
4: Campsite (8.0mi)
To the right of the trail, you will see a campsite. It is primitive with no facilities or amenities.
5: Cow Camp Road (9.3mi)
To the right of the trail will be a turn for Cow Camp road leading into the Black Hills. From here, you can hike to the sheep range and Cow Camp spring. Cow Camp road ends with a great camping area with a historical corral.
6: Hidden Forest Road (15.6mi)
To the right will be a turn for Hidden Forest Road leading to Dead Man's Canyon. Primitive camping available. From here, you can hike into the Hidden Forest to the ridge, pine spring and winegrass spring. There is a log cabin in the forest, as well.
7: White Rock Road (21.7mi)
To the right will be a turn for White Rock Road leading to White Rock Canyon. Large flat campsite at the end of the road.
8: Deadhorse Road (25.0mi)
To the right will be a turn for Deadhorse Road leading to multiple primitive and secluded camping areas.
9: Slate Mine Road (28.1mi)
To the left will be a turn for Slate Mine Road. It is currently closed to the public. Signs are posted.
10: Sheep Pass / Endpoint (30.5mi)
We ended the trip at Sheep Pass before passing Sheep Pass guzzler and into the desert floor. You can choose to continue on the trail passing Cabin Spring road and the desert dry lake before arriving in Alamo at approximately mile marker 78.
Camping and Lodging
Camping is allowed in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge year round. Car camping is allowed within 50 feet of the road. Camping is primitive. No amenities.
Please follow the link for more information on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/desert/
Questions & Answers
James and Mimi Nicholson
Offroaded on 04-17-2016
Low Temperature: 60° F
High Temperature: 78° F
Mimi and I decided to get out of town for the day and check on the status of a few trails. We have had a lot of rain lately and wanted to make sure the trails were not damaged or closed due to the weather. So, we headed for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and hit the trails for a fun day exploring the area.
James and Mimi Nicholson
Offroaded on 11-22-2015
Low Temperature: 43° F
High Temperature: 63° F
Revisited Alamo Road for a nice scenic drive on a beautiful sunny winter day in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. A great trip to take some fantastic pictures of the desert landscape and vegetation, see some wildlife and get away from the city. It appears that some of the roads have been graded recently which made for a relaxing drive.