Bitter Springs

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Bitter Springs
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Photo: Overview of Trail
Trail Information
Other Names: Buffington Pockets
Part of: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Trail Length: 25 miles
Trail Time: 4 hours
Terrain: Hills, Desert
Off-Road Use: Licensed vehicles only
Difficulty: Easy
County: Clark County, NV
Nearest Cities: Las Vegas, NV
Map Links: Google Map
Satellite Map:
Special Map:
GPS Start: 36°30'1.49"N, 114°45'34.59"W
GPS End: 36°18'15.16"N, 114°29'23.48"W
Google Earth: [Bitter Springs KML]
Elevation: 2000ft to 3600ft

Bitter Springs is a wonderland of geology. It sits between the Valley of Fire State Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. You will need a High Clearance and/or 4WD vehicle to make this run.

The 28-mile long byway begins two miles east of I-15 at the Valley of Fire State Park exit. The route runs along the foothills of the Muddy Mountains, through several dry washes, past abandoned mining operations and terminates on North Shore Drive in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Verdant desert streams, evidence of borax mining operations and geologic formations rare for this region of Nevada delight byway travelers. A high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle with narrow wheel base is recommended.


Start at the Moapa Fireworks store at I-15 and State Route 169,take State Route 169 to the south east ,the first left turn is to The Valley of Fire,otherwise continue on straight.There is fuel and food and help if needed after you exit the trail.Where State Route 169 T's off on Northshore Rd by Lake Mead,you turn left and go for roughly 2 miles,and there is a road to Echo Bay on the right hand side of the road.Follow it it all the way down and you will see food and fuel to your right.If you dont go down to the Marina,the main road leads to Logandale maybe 25-30 min drive further.If you turn right and head back SW it takes you back to Las Vegas by way of one of the Lake Mead entrances.Any 2wd or 4 wd SUV can pass the road all the way through,but do be careful of sand in the washes that can get you stuck,and washed out parts of the road.The road is also very rocky,so SUV's with street tires may not want to go,if you do,be vary careful of the sharp rocks and the puncture hazards.It is very remote,and very beautiful to drive.

 Please be courteous on the trail,and pack out your trash and a little bit more.

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