|Highest Elevation:||4980 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Las Vegas|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Las Vegas|
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|Management Agency:||Desert National Wildlife Refuge|
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.
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.Read more about our rating system
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.
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.
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.
To the right of the trail, you will see a campsite. It is primitive with no facilities or amenities.
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.
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.
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.
To the right will be a turn for Deadhorse Road leading to multiple primitive and secluded camping areas.
To the left will be a turn for Slate Mine Road. It is currently closed to the public. Signs are posted.
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.
Scenery from trail
Trailhead Coordinates: 36.437442, -115.358686