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Panaca Trails

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Alt Names

Panaca, Meadow Valley Wash, Panaca Spring, Condor Canyon, Panaca Hills, Black Hill, Harnlight Canyon

Last Known StatusOpen

With a large play area, variety of trails, makeshift MX track, a small sand dune plus a gorgeous canyon that leads to a waterfall, this place has a little of everything. There is even a small but pleasant pond at the main staging area that makes for a decent swimming hole if you dare.

To locate the waterfall, just stay on the main road from the staging area (Spring Road). Veer right, right, then left to avoid the private driveways and around the bend and across the valley floor until you reach the entrance of Condor Canyon (huge canyon walls on both sides - you'll know it when you see it). Stay on the main trail for about 4 miles until it appears to end, then take the side trail down to the right. If the water level is too high, you can park here and hike about 1/8 mile to the falls.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityPanaca, NV
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From: Caliente, NV
1) Take Hwy 93 north to Panaca (approx. 14 miles)
2) Turn right (east) on 319, continue approx. 1 1/4 mile
3) Turn left (north) on N 5th Street (in the downtown area), follow approx. 1 1/4 mile
4) Staging area will be on the right next to Panaca Spring (a small pond with a single tree).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, Dunes
LandBLM

RATINGS

Prosgorgeous canyon, nice waterfall, nice play areas, pleasant pond at staging area
Conscertain parts are difficult to find, trails are not marked or rated
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayHalf Day
spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles17
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5000 to 5750 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis OHV area has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has some rocks.Some
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis OHV area has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe OHV area has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis OHV area has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has many hazards.Many(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
Commentbe aware staging area is surrounded by private property

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (S)Caliente - Grover C. Dils Meical Center (775) 726-3171
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Panaca
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Panaca
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Panaca
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Panaca - Dotson's Trailer Park (775) 728-4250
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Panaca - Dotson's Trailer Park (775) 728-4250
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Cathedral Gorge State Park
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Panaca
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site Panaca Spring
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site Panaca Spring
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Adams McGill Reservoir

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Caliente Field Office
US Highway 93, Building #1
Caliente, NV 89008
(775) 726-8100
eyfoweb@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

GPS POINTS

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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A nice view from the top of one of the trails. The scenery is unique and colorful.

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Scenery at Panaca Trails OHV Area

This colorful canyon leads toward the waterfall. Scrub brush and a few trees border the trail.

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One of the caves located in the canyon.

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This small patch of sand dunes can be found about a mile east of the staging area.

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The makeshift motocross track is mostly hardpacked with a few jumps and whoops.

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Scenic view at Panaca Trails OHV Area

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Panaca Trails OHV Area

A view of Panaca Spring. This small pond is surrounded by a few cottonwood trees.

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The trail that goes through Condor Canyon is mostly hard packed, wide and smooth.

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OHV in the water at Panaca Trails OHV Area

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Scenic view of Panaca Trails OHV Area

Some ruins can be found on the way to the waterfall.

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Scenic view of Panaca Trails OHV Area

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Heading into Condor Canyon.

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Scenery at Panaca Trails OHV Area

Some of the trails offers great views of the surrounding valley.

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Example of terrain at Panaca Trails OHV Area

Taking in the views at the ridgetop.

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Scenic view of Panaca Trails OHV Area

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OHV getting wet at Panaca Trails OHV Area

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