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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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Parump, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Mt. Sterling, Cold Creek, Wheeler Pass, Nye County, Tecopa Charcoal Ovens, Wheeler Wells

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area features miles of desert trails that tie into the neighboring area of Cold Creek. The terrain is a nice mix of hard pack, sand and gravel washes plus rocky double track that wind through various sage and scrub brush at lower elevations and juniper/bristlecone pine forest at higher elevations.

One of the main highlights is the main 4x4 trail known as Wheeler Pass heads north and eventually passes by the Tecopa Charcoal Ovens which was built back in 1875. The trails are open year-round but the best time to visit is during the spring and fall months. During winter months expect snow covered conditions the higher you climb in elevation.

Services in town, including several RV parks, are in close proximity. Established primitive trail heads available but for those looking for designated campgrounds try McWilliams and Fletcher View Campgrounds. Both offer shaded RV sites but no direct offroad access to the OHV trails.

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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 UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areasseasonal fire restrictions may apply
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol


AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM, National Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityPahrump, NV
AddressWheeler Pass Road, Las Vegas, NV 89124
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Pahrump, NV
1) Take Wheeler Pass Road east about 10 miles.


Contact InfoHumboldt - Toiyabe National Forest - Spring Mountains NRA
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 515-5400


Pahrump Trail Photo

Pahrump Trail

Photo Submitted 9/9/2011 (Thanks!)

Pahrump Trail Photo

Scenic view of Pahrump Trail

Photo Submitted 9/9/2011 (Thanks!)

Pahrump Trail Photo

Scenery from Pahrump Trail

Photo Submitted 9/9/2011 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size12,800 acres (20 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2500 to 7000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
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 some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of open mine shafts, nearby bombing ranges, 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 little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Terribles/Chevron (775) 751-7711
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Terribles/Chevron (775) 751-7711
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Preferred RV Resort (775) 727-4414 or (800) 445-7840
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Preferred RV Resort (775) 727-4414 or (800) 445-7840
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Preferred RV Resort (775) 727-4414 or (800) 445-7840
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)McWilliams Campground (702) 872-5577
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Terribles/Chevron (775) 751-7711
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