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Coal Valley Water Tanks Campsite
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Coal Valley Water Tanks Campsite

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 Water Tanks Campsite, out in the far southwest edge of Coal Valley, is a broad area with space for numerous trailers or RVs. This is a good site for campers who like big, open spaces with grand scenery and big starry nights.

This site is off a well maintained side road, so this out-of-the-way site is a good basecamp for exploring the National Monument.

Pack it in - Pack it out.

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Coal Valley Water Tanks Campsite

Getting to Camp

The Coal Valley Water Tanks Campsite is located in the south-central portion of Basin and Range National Monument, about 3 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 11.2 miles. At this point, Mail Summit Road bends 45-degrees to the left, but a lesser road continues straight towards the bottom of Coal Valley. Continuing straight, drive northwest 4.2 miles to an intersection. Continue "straight" on the main road for another 3.7 miles to a minor side road right. Turn in here to the campsite by the old water tanks about 100 yards east of the road.

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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)
Water Tanks Coal Valley So. Water Tanks Campsite 643300 4192064 37.86664 115.37087 4,980

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