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Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Basin and Range National Monument
Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite
Seaman Wash Road approaching the cattle guard (view NW)

Overview

There are no developed campgrounds in Basin and Range National Monument, in fact no facilities of any kind, but primitive camping is legal everywhere along existing roads and trails, and there are a number of traditional campsites scattered throughout the area.

The Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite is a traditional campsite that has space for 3-4 trailers and RVs out in the bottom of Coal Valley. For campers who like wide open spaces, grand scenery, and big starry nights, this is a good choice. Keep an eye out for pronghorn foraging in the valley bottom.

This site is along a main road, so while it gets dust from the few passing vehicles, it is a good basecamp for exploring the National Monument.

Pack it in - Pack it out.

Link to map.

Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite
Seaman Wash Road at the cattle guard (view NW)

Getting to Camp

The Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite is located in the center of Basin and Range National Monument, about 2-1/2 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive north on Interstate-15 for 21 miles to Highway 93. Drive north on Highway 93 past the towns of Alamo and Ash Springs to Highway 318. Turn left onto Highway 318 and drive north for 17.4 miles to Seaman Wash Road on the left.

Turn left onto Seaman Wash Road and drive northwest 15.5 miles. The road passes the Basin and Range entrance sign, continues straight across a 4-way intersection, and heads across the flat valley into Seaman Wash Canyon. The road winds up canyon, runs up over the crest of the Seaman Range, and glides down into Coal Valley. Way out in the middle of Coal Valley, the road crosses a cattle guard and forks. Between the cattle guard fence and the fork, the campsite is located on the right adjacent to the fence.

Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite
Campsite with space for several campers (view E)
Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite
Campsite with space for several campers (view W)
Coal Valley East Cattle Guard Campsite
Campsite with space for several campers (view NW)
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Table 1. Hiking Coordinates based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
Coal Valley E Seaman Wash Road at Cattle Guard 653085 4198043 37.77016 115.33770 4,984

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