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Nelson Hills

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Other Names

Keyhole Canyon, Western Road, Mt. Duncan, Huse Spring, Copper Canyon, Knob Hill, Oak Creek Canyon, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Techatticup Wash, Desert Queen Well, Mojave Desert

Last Known StatusOpen

This OHV area offers plenty of steep and challenging hill climbs, endless ATV trails, some dry river washes, twisting rock formations and small canyons. Beautiful desert scenery and interesting desert vegetation surround this area, but respect the area near the main entrance, as the first 3/4 mile of the access road is surrounded by limited use and private land. Overall, this is a fun place to check out and explore, but there are no services. Bring your own shade and water.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesNevada registration is not required if the vehicle is already registered in another state and will be located in Nevada for no more than 15 days.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
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
2 Cycle EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicArmed OfficersJeep/SUV Patrol
ranger often hangs out on hilltop near entrance
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TERRAIN

Approx Size44,800 acres (70 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2775 to 4500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM, Power Lines

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Rebel Oil (702) 293-7173
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Rebel Oil (702) 293-7173
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Canyon Trail RV Park (702) 293-1200
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Canyon Trail RV Park (702) 293-1200
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Canyon Trail RV Park (702) 293-1200
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Boulder Beach Campground (702) 293-2540
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Rebel Oil (702) 293-7173

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prossecluded, free, cool hill climbs, tricky little sections, large area, endless trails
Consdry, hot, no shade, no services
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
winter/cooler months
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBoulder City, NV
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From: Las Vegas, NV
1) Take I-93 east toward Boulder City
2) Take exit for I-95 south, continue approx. 10 miles
3) Turn left (east) on Hwy. 165 and continue approx. 3.6 miles
4) Turn right (south) on a powerline lined dirt road*
5) There will be a gate, which may be closed but is not locked, go through gate and proceed approx. 1 1/4 mile
6) Main staging area will be on the left, stage anywhere in this large open area.

*Note: After you pass gate, the first 3/4 mile consists of limited use and private land, and is labeled as such. Be sure to pass all the way through this area to reach the main staging area.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Southern Nevada District Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 515-5000
lvfoweb@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Nelson Hills Trail

The trail often runs along the ridge and that is one of the best parts.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

The deep winding sand washes are a lot of fun.

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Scenic view at Nelson Hills Trail

One of the hill-climbs at the staging area.

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Example of terrain at Nelson Hills Trail

The deep winding sand washes are a lot of fun.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

So you can see there is a little bit of technical stuff, but you can choose.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

The sand washes wind back and forth from the staging area all the way out to the hills.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

This is the area surrounding the staging area.

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Example of terrain at Nelson Hills Trail

Here is the kind of single track you can find.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

The deep winding sand washes pop out of nowhere.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Nelson Hills Trail

The staging area has no services, but there are some make-shift fire rings.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

Nelson Hills Trail Photo

OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

The main trails are fairly easy, with just a few short climbs like this one.

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Nelson Hills Trail

This nasty little section comes out of nowhere, but there is a bypass route.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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Motorcycle at Nelson Hills Trail

There are some pretty big hillclimbs surrounding the staging area too.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

Looking out from atop one of the taller hills.  This one is a little tough to climb for younger riders.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

Nelson Hills Trail Photo

OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

Another shot of the canyon that you go through to get to the hills.

Nelson Hills Trail Photo

OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

The deep winding sand washes are a lot of fun.

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Scenery at Nelson Hills Trail

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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A trail at Nelson Hills Trail

There are a few short sections of single track, but not many.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

From the top of the hills at the staging area you can see nearby Eldorado Dry Lake Bed.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

You will definitely see some cool rock formations.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

The staging area is surrounded by steep crusty hill climbs.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

There are some intersections, but not enough to make it really dangerous.

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OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

Nelson Hills Trail Photo

OHV at Nelson Hills Trail

Dropping into one of the many sand washes.

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