MORMON WELL, NV
Trail Rating: 1 (Click for ratings scale)
Distance: Approximately 45 miles
Vehicle Types: Licensed Vehicles Only
Notes: Just north of Las Vegas, Nevada on the 95, is the entrance to the Mormon Well Road Trail. Watch for Corn Creek Road on your right - it's past the Kyle Canyon turnoff, but before the Lee Canyon turnoff. Follow Corn Creek Road a couple of miles until you arrive at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center (open Thursday - Monday 8am - 4:30pm). Stop there and walk around a bit. They've got informational displays throughout, a small store and clean restrooms.
Once you're ready to hit the trail, be prepared for a day trip. It's a long trail, roughly 45 miles, without cell service. Before you go, download our map to use offline. The Mormon Well Road Trail is relatively flat, however is a bit like a wash-board in places. Only licensed vehicles are permitted to access the trail and drones are not legal, due to it being a wildlife refuge.
The Mormon Well Trail is a good mix of landscape. It drops you into a small valley surrounded by mountains, where you can camp or enjoy it for the day. Keep in mind, there's not much protection from trees near the trail head, so when the wind picks up, it gets quite gusty. However, about 10 miles into the trail, you'll drive right through the Yucca Forest. The joshua trees are thick and towering. It's an incredible site to see and a spectacular place to capture if you're a photographer. The Mormon Well Trail continues into Peek-A-Boo Canyon, but about a mile before you hit the entrance to the canyon, there's a turnoff on your left that takes you to the back of Pine Nut Road. If you have the time to explore, turn off on Pine Nut Road and follow it all the way to the back. There's a handful of off-grid camp sites and plenty of scenic hiking trails. However, if you're limited on time, go ahead towards Peek-A-Book Canyon instead. It takes you through a narrow wash-way that's carved through high rock cliffs and drops you into a flat forested area known as Mormon Well. You can camp really anywhere back in Mormon Well and the temperatures are a good 10-15 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley. You'll find huge rocks to climb on and explore as you continue through Mormon Well towards the 93. Be cautious taking the Mormon Well Trail during rainstorms - in fact, we recommend to avoid it altogether in bad weather. The majority of the trail takes you through wash-ways, highly prone to flash floods.
Trail conditions are always changing, so be careful out there and TREAD LIGHTLY. Leave no trace. Pack in. Pack out.
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