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Garden Valley Gravel Pit Campsite
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Garden Valley Gravel Pit Campsite


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 Garden Valley Gravel Pit Campsite, out in the middle of Garden Valley, has space for 3-4 trailers or RVs. 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, and look into the distance to see Michael Heizer's Land Art sculpture called City.

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.

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Garden Valley Gravel Pit Campsite

Getting to Camp

The Garden Valley Gravel Pit Campsite is located in the west-central portion of Basin and Range National Monument, about 3-1/2 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 9.4 miles to Mail Summit Road on the left.

Turn left onto Mail Summit Road and drive northwest 35 miles. The road climbs steeply over the crest of the Seaman Range, winds down into the south end of Coal Valley, bends left to run west across Coal Valley and up through Murphy Gap. Mail Summit Road then climbs out of Wild Horse Valley, crosses a broad pass, and descends into Garden Valley. Crossing Garden Valley, the road crosses the playa flats, then begins to climb gently to the north. About 1.1 miles past the playa flats, watch for a gravel pile on the left. Historically it has been the highest man-made feature in Garden Valley.

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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)
GV Gravel Pit Mail Summit Road at Garden Valley Gravel Pit 624892 4203718 37.97436 115.57806 5,564

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