Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Desert National Wildlife Range with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

12-31-18 - I left the trail head 2 1/2 hrs before sunrise and nailed it. Too bad the sunrise didn't cooperate. Good hike but the way down was rough on my knees. Caught a few snow flurries at the summit, signed the book, took some pics and bailed. It was cold. Took my dog and he was fine just watch out for cactus.

hiking
2 months ago

From open desert to bird calls echoing through a pine forest - that's four stars right there. But 70 degrees at the trail head and 70 degrees at the cabin (if the thermometer at the cabin is to be believed), that kind of dumb luck is always worth an extra star. My GPS had it at 5.3 miles to the cabin and another 0.2 to the spring up the hill. It should be noted that the trail definitely levels out somewhat when you get into the Ponderosa pines after four miles, so the last 1.3 miles to the cabin is just a walk in the woods. I planned six hours for the hike - 3.5 up and 2.5 back - which was just about right. I needed every bit of the three liters of water that I carried, although the spring was running nicely. You just can't count on that. It was 50 minutes from US 95 to the trail head with high clearance 4WD. And just for kicks, the sun was setting that last mile down to the trail head - 6 stars?

off road driving
2 months ago

The first 2/3rds of this drive is awesome when you come in from the west side (corn creek side). You drive through some amazing rock formations, the yucca forest, peek-a-boo canyon and make your way to the top of the ridge straddling 2 breathtaking views of the pinyon & bristlecone pines on each side of the trail. After you reach the peak, the drive loses it luster and you start to drive through open desert, which is fine, but nothing special. When I do this trail again, I will do an out and back from corn creek. 4x4 isn’t necessary, but high clearance is recommended. My friend and I had a jk 2door wrangler and a Tacoma TRD, but we did see a couple of Honda CR-V type of suvs and some that weren’t 4wd and they seemed to make it just fine.

on Mormon Well Road

3 months ago

Excellent day drive, clean camping are with 2 bathrooms. We will forsure be back to set camp.. 4WD highly recommended!! Great time!!

off road driving
4 months ago

Drove it yesterday, 95 to 93. Second half quite a bite of run off damage, but no problem. I do have a 3.5 lift though

hiking
5 months ago

Best if you have a High clearance vehicle. Road can be rough for a car.

Trail was just fine, you get a decent view of the North side of Vegas on the peak. Mostly sage and Joshua trees for vegetation. Didn't see a single person on the hike

off road driving
6 months ago

Good fast trail for dirtbikes. Go South to North and you can cool off at the Loves gas station outside Vegas.
Made a video riding this trail yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FECyOivluQ&t=2s

off road driving
7 months ago

Only went 17 miles in. My motorcycle has a small tank and I didn’t start with a full one. Will definitely come back and do the whole trail in couple of weeks.
Terrain was nice, not crazy challenging (at least the first half).
Must pack enough water if in a bike. It’s still a good workout!

hiking
7 months ago

I wanted to give this trek a four star review but the 17.3 mile, rough/bumpy road to get there stole a star from the rating (about 35-40 minutes). At first, I didn't understand why so many reviews complained about the loose gravel but after about mile 4...you REALLY start to hate the soft gravel!
ha-ha ...going up kicked my butt - not a terribly steep inclined but a very steady uphill climb the entire way. It took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach the cabin. I only dropped pack twice for a breaks. The way down only took me 1 hour and 55 minutes...ha-ha do the math! The way up is not easy. Not to mention, I always pack way too much crap. I didn't need almost any of it. The cabin has damn near everything except food. It even had sleeping bags! Not that I'd ever use one! ha...Overall, it's definitely worth doing at least once. It's excellent for people prepping to do Havasupai or who are new to backpacking. We only stayed one night but I wish we would have stayed two. I would have liked to continue onto the peak the following day. The small "drip" of a water source was nice even though it didn't even create a puddle. If it were not present I would give this hike a one star review because one would have to pack in SO much water - it just wouldn't be worth that. Or I would only do it as a day hike if there were no water, anyway. PS. GPS told us it was 5.5 up and the same for the way back. I don't think 5.1 miles one way is accurate.

Beautiful hike and really good for dogs and if you’re looking for some isolation. The gravel is really killer, especially on the way down.

scenic driving
8 months ago

The camp ground 1/2 i. is very nice. Rest rooms with no water. I think 6 spots or so. Elevation around 6500’ so nights in May are low 50s. Gorgeous trail.

off road driving
10 months ago

Have been to the halfway point campground many times and stayed, this was only our second trip driving all the way through and found the road to be in better condition now. Great scenery and opportunities to view wildlife taking a leisurely drive. Took the Pine Nut Road spur this trip also but were not able to explore much due to a large group camped at the end of the road, a bit higher clearance needed for Pine Nut.

11 months ago

Secluded trail, come prepared for steep broken shale on many parts. View on a clear day is the best around Vegas.

Great hiking trail but not enjoyable enough downhill riding for a bike to justify the hours long push uphill.

My wife, me, 6 and 8yo boys made it but the kids were so tired on the way down, we had to go slow and steady and help my 6yo to keep him from falling too many times. This was our first time to Gass Peak. Took us 6hrs (car to peak to car). But only recorded 3:40 of “moving” time. Went in Feb, weather was perfect and a little breezy.

great kid friendly trails near the visitors center.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Had a lovely time! My kids definitely enjoyed it!

off road driving
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Very beautiful and interesting. Highly recommended. Make sure you have enough time to stop enjoying the beautiful nature. Took us 5 hours with 3 ten minutes rest breaks with our 17 Jeep GC Summit with stock tires.

walking
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The trail is perfect for a hiker with a bad knee. We went on a windy day and still enjoyed the Visitor's Center and trail. If you're looking for a challenging hike this probably is not a place you'd enjoy.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nice scenery..but make sure you have a high enough clearance vehicle...and plan to be there at a minimum of 4hrs. So worth it with the different combinations it brings...

camping
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

first time overnight backpacking! its was hard but we made it. would do it again. cheers

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Was a fun trail to do. Going to do it again sometime soon. I just hope there aren't brand new "cars" out on the trail this time. And when u say cars i mean leave you Hyundai's at home.

off road driving
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lots of rocks on the trail, ground clearance probably more important than 4wd because of all the rocks. Great views with a nice campground in the middle.

off road driving
Monday, September 25, 2017

Nice trail with great views! Very rocky, and 4WD probably not absolutely necessary *when* the weather has been good, but 4WD definitely makes it a little easier on you and your vehicle. Took about 3 hours with a few stops including lunch at the campsite. Caught a nail or something in my tire about 7 miles from US93.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fun. Go on a cool day. It can get hot. Lots of lady bugs when you get to the peak.

off road driving
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Give yourself ample time. Easy off-roading trail but lots of things to stop and see.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Not for the faint of heart, but f you're up to the challenge, you won't regret it.

backpacking
Friday, June 09, 2017

June 9, 2017 - I just got back from spending two days at the cabin. The trail to the cabin is amazing although quite rugged with loose gravel from 1" to 5" almost the whole way. Wear good hiking boots to protect your feet and ankles. The change in scenery from the desert floor to the cabin at 8000 feet is amazing. You start out in wide open desert littered with Joshua trees and end up in a forest with towering Ponderosa pines. There was a steady flow of water from the water pipe in front of the cabin. The cabin was in good shape and had lots of extra supplies, but it could use a fly swatter and some fly paper. The log books (journals) were filled so if you want to leave a message for future hikers bring another journal. It was 92 degrees at the trail head and 85 at the cabin, and 50 degrees in the morning.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

I've hiked it about six times now, in every type of weather you could see up there (the last one needed snowshoes) and I've only not stayed in the cabin once. The trail is rough at first, but if you're an experienced hiker you can probably complete it in around 3 hours. This time of year you must bring a LOT of water. Overall it is a really great hike to do for a day, or a good practice hike for people wanting to get into overnight backpacking.

backpacking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beware: The hike in will whip your butt. A steady incline of 2,000 feet for the entire hike up. My girlfriend and I started late afternoon and arrived right at dark, about 4 hours later. A lot of the initial couple of miles went from a mix of pea gravel to Rubik's cube sized washes. Bring a gallon of water AT LEAST. The spring was running today, but be prepared in case it dries out. Also, make sure you consume a lot of calories before the hike and bring calorie-dense trail snacks. It can be a very taxing hike if you're backpacking, especially when you're hiking in 95 degrees. Once you arrive, it makes it all so worthwhile. I loved it. Will definitely return.

Additional note: you'll drive about 18-19 miles on a dirt road so you'll definitely want some decent clearance on your vehicle, driving in.

backpacking
Monday, May 29, 2017

One of my favorite backpacking trails right outside of Vegas. The dirt road getting to the trailhead is very rocky. I drove the 16 miles in an Altima which was probably not the best decision and I will not do that again. Besides the road leading up to the trail, the trail is amazing. The incline stays constant traveling to the cabin (give yourself 3-4 hours to complete), but the hike back to the parking lot is a piece of cake. Did this hike late May and there was still water in the spring. Have fun!

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