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Upper Pahranagat Lake Loop is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Alamo, Nevada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

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Walk around desert lake and enjoy birdlife, marshes & serenity. The Pahranagat Refuge is 5,380 acres of lakes, marshes, wet meadows & desert uplands in this valley, filled with history and wildlife. It's name means "Valley of Shining Water" in Paiute, and is tied to these and ancient people by it's history and numerous historic sites, rock art and structures. It's pioneer history is evidenced by the stone Walden house (1864), and the farm and cattle community which still dot this valley from Alamo north to Hiko. Located on the Pacific Flyway, this refuge is an essential stopover for migrating waterfowl and songbirds. Large thermal springs provide water for lakes and wetlands, a rare and precious habitat in southern Nevada. Numerous recreational opportunities are available at Pahranagat. Wildlife observation, fishing, and hunting are all popular activities enjoyed by refuge visitors. Birdwatching is also a popular activity. Camping and picnicking are permitted along the east shoreline of the Upper Lake.

There are many parking areas along the edge of the Lake.

Pahranagat NWR P.O. Box 510, Alamo, NV 89001 (775) 725-3417 or (702) 515-5450

The road conditions may deteriorate in poor weather, mainly winter. Summer thunderstorms develop quickly and may be severe. The campsites are first come basis and fill up on spring and summer weekends but not during the week or in the off season. You may be the only camper in fall and winter. The winter nights are cold, but the refuge is low in elevation, making winter camping quite enjoyable. Usually only jackets are required during the day. Remember that this is a hunting destination in the fall and the lower and middle areas are closed for hunting. Check with refuge management for details. Remember this is a wildlife refuge and strict rules apply to speed limits, noise, and fishing and hunting regulations are enforced.

From Las Vegas, take I-15 NE towards Utah, turning N on U.S. 93 (Great Basin Highway) towards Alamo or Ely, Nevada. The Pahranagat Natl Wildlife Refuge is located 80 miles North of Las Vegas, and 4 miles before (South) reaching the town of Alamo, Nevada. You'll begin seeing signs for Pahranagat, and you'll pass the entries for lower lake, middle marsh, and the refuge headquarters before turning left (west) at the upper lake (campground) entrance. Follow the gravel road over cattle guards and the interior road as you head south, along the east shore of the upper lake. There is a nice (albeit small) parking area, kiosks with maps and brochures, and restroom bldg. If you continue on this road, there are a few campsites (first come, first serve) which are primitive, but nice. If pulling a trailer, you won't be able to turn around along this road -- you'll need to wait until you get to the south end of the upper lake (past the campsites).

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Kinley Rain
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Hiking

This is closed due to COVID...looked beautiful from the road though.

joe dicello
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My family and I love drives where we can stop and have lunch with the kids and get them out of the city. this is a nice stop to see in the desert with good shade and tables. we may camp here in the future.

london simons
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CampingBugs

2.5 stars definitely a lot of bugs the highway is very close a little noisy free camping tho we had the whole place to ourselves so that was cool and the stars are amazing at night good place to stop before area 51

Jared Deitch
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WalkingBugs

Nice short walking trail, but far from Las Vegas. In my opinion, it was not worth the drive. I suggest bringing bug spray, the mosquitoes and gnats travel in clouds and are relentless. It was nice to see water in the middle of no where, but you're not allowed to swim in it. The north half of the trail is closed off and dry. I don't plan on visiting again. Well maintained dirt road, any vehicle can drive it. A few camping spots but not much to see or do. I don't plan on coming here again.

Kayla Laatz
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Scenic driving

Drove around the lake and stopped to have lunch here at a picnic table in the campground area. Relaxing views for the area. Well maintained dirt roads.

Aindy Cusack
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Camping

Nice and easy level walk around the lake. The lake provides cool breezes, shady trees, and various water fowl. Pleasant morning stroll after staying overnight at the campground.

Adam Flink
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justin polman
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