Bitter Springs Trail Back Country Byway

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Overton Park

Bitter Springs Trail Back Country Byway is a 29.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Overton, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for camping, bird watching, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length29.4 miElevation gain1,811 ftRoute typePoint to point
CampingScenic drivingBird watchingDog friendlyViewsWildlifeNo shade
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Quattro Spain
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Hiking

Changed our mind half way out and came a different route home.

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LV Rider
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OHV/Off-road driving

I would definitely say that this trail is moderate and in my opinion probably not something for a first time beginner off-roader. I read the reviews and did some research prior to driving out there. I have a stock 2020 Chevy Silverado. For most of the trail I had okay clearance but in several areas it was rough and my skid plates took a beating. Like others have said the terrain is very rocky with good size rocks and a lot of sharp ones. The last few miles is soft and a very grainy type of sand. Maybe about 3/4 through we came across someone who just fixed a blow out from the rocks and then a couple of miles later we also got a blow out. It's pretty isolated out there so bring lots of water and be prepared. Also the trail is not always very clear and there are a lot of other directions you can go so you want to pay attention to the markers on the trail.

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Mariah Merrefield
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OHV/Off-road drivingFeeRocky

This trail joins another trail rated as Moderate (Buffington Pockets), so it is interesting that it is rated as easy. The Buffington Pockets area has some extremely rocky terrain with large and/or sharp rocks that require high clearance and good off-road tires. If you start the trail in Lake Mead, you will have to pay a fee (unless you have a parks pass). If you start it near Valley of Fire, there’s no fee. Also note that there are some extremely narrow areas large enough for just one vehicle with nowhere to go if you meet another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. Bitter Springs is an excellent place to see wild horses- I’ve seen them every time I’ve been in the area. We also saw a bighorn sheep at the Buffington Pockets area, if you go all the way through. A good portion of the trail is just desert landscape and not very thrilling, but as you get into the Muddy Mountains area it changes dramatically to sandstone cliffs and structures. Lots of areas to camp, too.

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Patti DuBois
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

wow. had a great day. Jeepers from novice to experience. Beautiful scenery, lots of iff readers out. Dog friendly.

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Mauro Torres
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OHV/Off-road driving

Great Trail! I took it from the start to Lake Mead in about 2 hours. If you have good suspension you can run it pretty fast. I would call it a moderate trail due to the few large rocky areas you have to navigate around and soft sand in some areas. I dont recommend 2wd or low clearance vehicles because we didnt have any reception the entire way and saw no other vehicles, so it would be a bad area to get stuck in. The views are very beautiful if you like red rocks and hills, which I definitely do. It's a good beginner trail for someone who has a 4wd. I relied solely on the Alltrails guidance and it worked great.

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Chris Wert
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Chris Wert
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OHV/Off-road driving

First trail ever! Some of the most fun I’ve ever had. Beautiful out there with next to no traffic when I went, just a few dirt bikes. Some challenges if u want and u can avoid them as well. Def a perfect first trail. Total time to complete and get back home to north vegas was around 6 hrs so be prepared. We also stopped a lot. I could see it being done in 3 with no stops

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Sam Park
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OHV/Off-road driving

Easy off-roading trail with incredible views, a little bit of everything. From easy wide open dirt roads, to washboards, mild rock gardens, good lean on some spots, but no 3 wheeling. Went with 5 families, youngest being a 1y.o. 4WD is not necessary, however it does help. We went with 5 rigs, all 4WD, 1 at stock height, no issues. About 4 hours to complete, this includes a 40 min break for lunch. Started from the west at i-15 at Valley of Fire park entrance. After completing the trail which ends near lake mead, drove north to the east entrance to Valley of Fire, which we explored and exited back to i-15. Note, there is a fee to enter thru the park when going back to I-15.

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Bradley Pruitt
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TIM Grogg
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nothing too challenging very nice trail enjoyed the sandy wash at the end

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Chris Pepper
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OHV/Off-road driving

Absolutely delightful trail with beautiful scenery. Some challenging terrain, but nothing a stock vehicle with high enough clearance can't handle. Nice areas for camping along the trail, hiking, and photography.

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Chris Pepper
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OHV/Off-road driving

Outstanding backcountry road with some challenges like steps, large rocks, ruts; but nothing a stock vehicle with high enough clearance can't handle. Scenery was outstanding and there are several areas in canyons that would make for great campsites.

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Ed Swale
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OHV/Off-road driving

Loved this trail. I was able to take some amazing photos. The beginning is rough but not at all difficult. Easy to follow markers with lots of other trails to ride. Campsites were clean and had great views. Not high enough elevation for a temperature change. Only bad thing was not seeing much wildlife which is my goal.

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Edwin Gutierrez
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OHV/Off-road driving
First to Review

Good beginner rocks to test your rig! Very scenic ride too in a stock suv if you stay clear of sharp rocks,

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Renee Chase
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Scenic driving
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Michael Dow
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Ian Schwartz
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Hiking
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Heather Ramsay
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Kathryn Eckles
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Hiking
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Corey Rice
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Hiking
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Heather Ramsay
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Craig Turner
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Tammy Osgood
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Chris Pepper
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Carly O'Loughlin
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OHV/Off-road driving
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