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Crystal Wash Main Access Road
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Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road

Overview

The Crystal Wash Main Access Road provides access to the Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site. The road is a fairly good, 2WD, two-track road that should be suitable for a carefully driven sedan during dry conditions. Rocks in the road are small, but some probably should be moved by people driving sedans.

The BLM and Lincoln County opened this area to the public, and Lincoln County printed a brochure with information about the site (including GPS coordinates) as part of their Get Primitive tourism campaign. Download the brochure from Lincoln County or snatch a copy here.

Link to Map.

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road

Location

Crystal Wash Main Access Road is located along Highway 93 beyond the Pahranagat Valley, about 110 miles north of Las Vegas.

From town, drive north on Interstate 15 to US Highway 93 (Table 1, Site 0674). Exit onto Highway 93 and drive north past Alamo and Ash Springs to the intersection of Highways 93 and 318 (Site 0677). Continue on Highway 93 for 4.06 miles to a large gravel parking area (Site 1099) on the left (north) side of the road. Look for the white trash barrel.

The Road

From the left side of the gravel parking area (Site 1099), the narrow dirt access road runs due north a few tens to yards to the highway fence line and a cattle guard (Site 1100).

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road

Passing over the cattle guard, the road forks. The access road stays left to head northwest and away from the fence.

In about 100 yards, the road arrives at a T-intersection (Site 1101). Turn right and follow the two-track road about 0.6 miles to a parking area (Site 1102), which is just before reaching the broad, sandy wash in the bottom of the valley. The sign-in register is adjacent to the parking area. Park here; this is the Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site trailhead. A spur road to the right runs a few yards into a sandy wash. It is likely that driving in the wash is illegal.

At the T-intersection (Site 1101), stay straight on another fairly good road to an old shepherd's long-term campsite (my guess) that may have been in use from the 1040s to 1960s. The road continues past the historic camp area to a large bladed area that would be big enough to park 25 RVs.

Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Cattle guard (Site 1100; view N)
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Approaching the T-intersection (view NW)
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Right turn (Site 1101; view N)
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Two-track road
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Parking at the end of the road (Site 1102)
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
The rock art is on boulders beyond the jeep
Staying left (straight) to the shepherd's camp
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Access road, approaching shepherd's camp
Crystal Wash Main Rock Art Site Access Road
Access road at shepherd's camp

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0674 I-15 at Hwy 93 689188 4028063 36.38091 114.89089 2,232 Yes
0677 Hwy 93 at Hwy 318 657363 4154834 37.52891 115.21911 3,831 Yes
1099 Crystal Wash Main Turnoff 662810 4157094 37.54832 115.15699 4,225 GPS
1100 Crystal Wash Main Gate 662794 4157154 37.54887 115.15715 4,211 GPS
1101 Crystal Wash Main Fork 662720 4157198 37.54928 115.15798 4,204 GPS
1102 Crystal Wash Main Parking 662487 4158033 37.55684 115.16044 4,138 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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