Las Vegas: McCullough Wash Trail

Close to the city but far from the gridlock, this 5-mile out-and-back takes you over an arid lunar land­scape and pays off with expansive desert views.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.0



Location: 35.9312400817871, -115.190803527832

Start E on jeep track into scrub with jackrabbits and road runners


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Head into broad notch between a moonscape rock formation and steadily sloping hills


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Pass second hill where large brown chuckwalla lizards skitter across the trail. In the cooler hours, scan the brush for the shy desert tortoise


Location: 35.9279289245606, -115.17259979248

First of several dry-creekbed crossings


Location: 35.9258804321289, -115.171577453613

L @ NV power station; head E into rising and falling olive-colored drainages dominated by the craggy cone of Black Mtn.


Location: 35.925609588623, -115.168296813965

Crest knoll and soak in clear, far-reaching northerly views of the Vegas Valley extending from the bright lights of the Strip all the way to Frenchman Mtn.


Location: 35.9250411987305, -115.158401489258

Scope the variegated folds of the McCullough Range in the E and the Spring Mtns. poking out to the W


Location: 35.9246292114258, -115.154403686523

R @ Y, bearing S along dry creekbed; silence prevails in this vast terrain


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Reach a shady spot for rest or lunch before retracing route to car

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