Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. This 520 acre oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colorful history. Past owners of the ranch included Chester Lauck of the comedy team "Lum & Abner," German actress Vera Krupp, and millionaire Howard Hughes.
The trails starts at the First Creek trail and then heads south. Once you leave the First Creek trail, there is barely a animal track to follow. Then after the first large gully you climb down and back up, there is some difficult rock scrabbling. This makes the route very difficult, not moderate.
This is a very nice setting. Great place to have a picnic and take a hike. Kids will like the ducks and dragonflies at the pond. Interesting history at the ranch. While this hike is listed at 4 miles, it is not. It may have been at one time. Now the trail only goes for 1.5 miles. We did see bighorn sheep on the mountainside. Entrance fee for non-residents is $9 for car.
loved the old ranch home and how the guy that like ed there made his own electricity from the spring water that ran down the mountain, his old pumps are still there and his private little lake he had. another plus is the granite and marble mountains that collide right there create great rocks for advent collectors like my self.
This is a wonderful trail for your children and dogs. There is the lake with ducks, lots of wildlife!! I had the pleasure to see the Big Horn sheep, Deer, donkeys, roadrunners, jackrabitts, bluejays. There is a park at the parking lot. The trail if you take the long way is around 4-5 miles roundtrip depending on which trails you take. There is also the ranch house and guided tours certain hours of the day.