Pahrump, Nevada, is located near the California line, approximately 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The town, which was originally inhabited by the Shoshone Indians, sits to the west of the Spring Mountains and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. You can access the mountains' Carpenter, Clark and Trout Canyon hiking trails via rugged dirt roads around Pahrump. These Mountain trails provide a forested oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Scenic views, exceptional weather, and epic adventure trails make Pahrump a thrill-seeker’s dream come true. This desert hideaway is a popular travel destination for hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, campers, RVers and off-roaders of all skill levels. Whether you are choosing a local hotel, a well-equipped RV Park or camping under the stars….the beauty of the great outdoors begins in Pahrump. And there is even more to do…bowling, golfing, wineries, racing, casinos and gaming, race car driving performance training, rodeos, professional level firearms training, and many local community events.
There’s no place like it in the world, and it’s in Pahrump’s backyard. A 60-mile trip and you are soon in the land of extremes; the hottest, driest, and lowest place in the United States. Stargazing abounds, surrounded by a stunning landscape as you drive through the 5,262 square miles of the park. For your safety, we recommend that you visit the Furnace Creek visitor center for maps of the park, and be sure to talk to the park rangers to get updated reports on conditions. Observe warning signs throughout the park.
How to get there: The most direct route from Las Vegas is via Pahrump, NV, and California Highway 190. To the East in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty's Junction (State Route 267- we advise that you confirm in advance any access closures along this route), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373).
Also, a part of Death Valley, Badwater Basin, or sometimes referred to as Badwater Salt Flats, is the lowest lying land mass in North America at 282 ft. below sea level. A boardwalk takes you out to the center of the basin and marks the elevation. You can look back across the road to see another marker on the cliffs above marking the sea level high above your head. Experience Mother Nature’s unique art work on the floor of the basin which make for great photos, and depending on the weather, these artistic patterns are continually changing. We suggest arriving there at sunrise or sunset to take advantage of natural lighting.
Link to Directions: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/directions.htm
Located on the southwest end of the Spring Mountain Range, in the backcountry of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area this canyon offers one of the best hiking and off-road areas, with plenty of beautiful scenery for photos. Enjoy views of Mt. Charleston and the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys.
How to get there: You can find the turn off of Highway 160 about 38 miles southwest of Pahrump. After driving about 11 miles, you’ll come to the Torino Ranch Gate. To the left, you’ll find Lovell Summit Road. In approximately .4 miles, you’ll come to a parking lot and a kiosk with information about the canyon and three hiking trails.
One of the favorite places within Death Valley is Titus Canyon. For your safety it is recommended that you utilize a high clearance vehicle for that drive. The canyon cuts through the Grapevine Mountains and through rock formations that are over half a billion years old.
How to get there: From Pahrump, the most direct way to reach the canyon is to go to Beatty, NV. A side trip to the ghost town of Rhyolite along the way is always fun.
Rhyolite is one of the most photographed ghost towns in Nevada. Explore the once booming remnants of one of the many former gold mining towns in the area. Some of the buildings which remain include the three-story Cook Bank, a Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad Depot, a bottle house, and a jailhouse.
How to get there: The ghost town of Rhyolite is located on Highway 374 just off of Highway 95N, about four miles west of Beatty, NV.
Relive the Old West’s settlers’ journey by following one of the historic and scenic paths along the Old Spanish Trail. The old trade route runs West between Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles CA, it goes over the top of the Spring Mountains from Las Vegas through the Mountain Springs Summit. The trail fans out in several directions. One route goes through Charleston View to Tecopa, CA. A second goes through Sandy Valley which is right on the border of Nevada and California. The third trail goes past the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.
Cathedral Canyon was the dream of a man named Roland Wiley, who moved to Las Vegas in 1929 and in 1936 bought the 14,000 square foot ranch in Pahrump where the canyon would later be created. The now headless Christ statue is a smaller replica of the Christ the Redeemer of the Andes. Along the dry walls of the box canyon a homage to "The Sermon on The Mount" can still be seen. This small canyon was a templum, a sacred place cut out of the world in honor of the universal, unnamed Spirit understood by all of humanity. The only thing not altered among the remnants of this man’s dream, is the grave marker of Queho, the Last Renegade Indian, and one of the most fascinating and tragic figures of Southern Nevada’s history; his epitaph reads, “He survived alone.” Despite the fact that the canyon is now in ruins, its spirit is untouched, and the peacefulness of the canyon is undeniable.
To get there: You can enter the trail from Hwy 160 from Las Vegas to Pahrump, or if you are coming from Furnace Creek, Death Valley, Baker, or Shoshone, through Hwy 127. From 127 you head East through Tecopa past China Ranch and over the Amargosa pass, round the mountain to Highway 160 and it will be on the Nevada side about 3 miles from the state line and about half a mile or so from Highway 160. You will see a small monument to the Old Spanish Trail on the South side of the road, and the entrance to Cathedral Canyon is a perpendicular road across from the Old Spanish Trail monument.
Lakeview Executive Golf Course has been voted the best “Executive or Midsize Course in Nevada”. With lush fairways, fast greens, five par 4’s and thirteen par 3’s it’s a great challenge. This is a super course for those who like to walk and enjoy nature. The mountain views are spectacular and the course is very playable for all golfers.
This Jack Nicklaus and Cal Olsen-designed course first opened for play in 2002. Creating a course that blends opportunity for both relaxing and challenging play -it measures 5,389 to 7,082 yards and is an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities. The superior course conditions and consistent playing surfaces (no overseeding here) provide an exceptional year-round golfing experience.
Ron Fellows Performance Driving School- Ron Fellows, a multi-time driving champion and class winner in every major long-distance sports car race – established his performance driving school at Spring Mountain. And you too will benefit from Ron’s precision detailed curriculum helping take your personal driving performance to exhilarating new levels.
Almost one million people, from every town, city and state across the country, have been trained at this world class facility in Pahrump, NV. The courses are taught by seasoned and professional law enforcement, military and private citizen instructors to levels that far exceed law enforcement and military standards. After your first firearm training course at Front Sight you will leave with skills that surpass 99% of the gun-owning population. Whether you are a private citizen new to firearms and want to learn the proper skills or you have concealed weapons permit and want a level of training that received from a local gun range, come visit the undisputed leader in providing the best training and at a great value.
Take a trip back in time, and see what life was like in early Pahrump. Exhibits include early farming and mining equipment; early man (exploration and the Old Spanish Trail 1776 to 1848) items from the cowboy and pioneer family lifestyles; Pahrump historical and political items; and Native American artifacts. The museum has acquired several historic buildings from early Pahrump and is in the process of assembling a "Main Street Pahrump" display on the museum grounds. These include the Raycraft and Bowman Tie Houses- constructed entirely of railroad ties from the Tonopah-Tidewater Railroad, the old Pahrump General Store (from the Pahrump Ranch), and the Pahrump One-Room Schoolhouse.
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