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Coal Valley North Road
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Coal Valley North Road
Coal Valley North Road
Timber Pass Road approaching Coal Valley North Road (view NE)

Overview

Coal Valley North Road is a well maintained dirt road that normally is suitable for 2WD vehicles. The road starts from Timber Pass Road near Water Gap (near where Seaman Wash Road, Cherry Creek Road, and Timber Pass Road converge) and runs north to Highway 318 south of Lund.

This road provides access to northern regions of Coal Valley, corrals, grand scenery, the Natural Arch, and the pavement of Highway 318.

Link to Area Map or Road Map.

Coal Valley North Road
Timber Pass Road approaching Coal Valley North Road (view SW)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about being in the desert, ...this road is pretty safe, but be sure that your vehicle is in good working condition, carry plenty of water (radiator and drinking), and pack a lunch. Always drive carefully; even though the road is well maintained, there are occasional hazards such as errant boulders in the roadway and mud after heavy rains.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This road goes into remote areas, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones work along parts of this road.

Coal Valley North Road
Approaching road sign and cattle guard (view N)

Getting to the Road

Coal Valley North Road is located in the northeast part of Basin and Range National Monument, about 3 hours (150 miles) northwest of Las Vegas driving directly via Seaman Wash Road, or about 1-1/2 hours (50 miles) north of the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318.

From Las Vegas, drive north on Interstate-15 21 miles to Highway 93. Turn left onto Great Basin Highway (Hwy 93) and drive north past the towns of Alamo (95 miles from Las Vegas) and Ash Springs (102 miles) to the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318 (107 miles). Gasoline is available in Alamo, Ash Springs, and Lund, but not Rachael.

Turn left onto Highway 318 and drive west then north for 17.4 miles to Seaman Wash Road on the left. On Seaman Wash Road, drive northwest 26.5 miles to a fork in the road (stay "straight" at all forks and side roads to this point). At the fork, stay right and cross to the other side of the valley where the road forks again (broad, triangular intersection). Stay right onto Timber Pass Road and drive east 0.9 miles to Coal Valley North Road, on the left.

Coal Valley North Road
Road sign and fence during summer (view N)

The Road

From the triangular intersection with Timber Mountain Pass Road (Table 1, Site 1611), Coal Valley North Road turns north.

Coal Valley North Road runs north along the east edge of the Golden Gate Range with Coal Valley spreading out to the north and east. The far side of Coal Valley is bordered by the Seaman Range.

After passing below towering limestone cliffs, the road passes a short spur road on the left that leads to an old corral (2.2 miles out).

Continuing north, the road bends a bit right to pass along the east base of another towering limestone mountain (Peak 7162) with several bands of imposing cliffs.

Coal Valley North Road
Road sign and fence during winter (view N)

Passing north of Peak 7162, the road forks (Site 1612; 6.5 miles out). Coal Valley North Road stays right, while the left leads about a mile to a major corral and staging area.

Bending right and starting out across Coal Valley, the road runs northeast among sagebrush and at 8.0 miles out, passes a road to the left that runs back and up to the corral staging area.

Still running northeast, the road reaches the bottom of Coal Valley. In this area, a single fence post on the left marks a little-used road (Site 1613, 9.5 miles out) that is well grown over with low plants. This road leads to Natural Arch.

In another 1.0 miles (Site 1614; 10.5 miles out), Coal Valley North Road exits Basin and Range National Monument, still heading northeast. The road eventually descends into the White River Valley, crossing the White River at Murphy Meadows. The road bends north, then continues northeast, passing just north of Gap Mountain and arriving at Highway 318 (Site 1615; 28.2 miles out).

Coal Valley North Road
Starting out on Coal Valley North Road (view N)
Coal Valley North Road
Edge of Coal Valley with Golden Gate Range on the left (view N)
Coal Valley North Road
Old corral (2.2 miles out)
Coal Valley North Road
Heading towards Peak 7162 (view N)
Coal Valley North Road
Wrapping around Peak 7162 (view NE)
Coal Valley North Road
Passing Peak 7162 (view NE)
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Coal Valley North Road
Grand scenery (view NE)
Coal Valley North Road
Road forks left to corral and staging area (view NE)
Coal Valley North Road
Heading out across northern Coal Valley (view NE)
Coal Valley North Road
Road forks left back to corral and staging area (view NE)
Coal Valley North Road
Single fence post marks Natural Arch Road (view NE)
Coal Valley North Road
Overgrown Natural Arch Road forks left (view NE)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1611 Timber Pass Rd at Coal Valley N Rd 38.04599 115.36003 5,052 00.00 00.00 GPS
1612 Coal Valley N Rd at side road 38.12803 115.30710 5,031 06.56 06.56 GPS
1613 Coal Valley N Rd at Natural Arch Rd 38.15707 115.26885 5,130 02.94 09.50 GPS
1614 Coal Valley Rd at Nat Mon Boundary 38.16530 115.25248 5,254 01.06 10.56 GPS
1615 Highway 318 at Coal Valley North Road 38.33426 115.04324 5,472 17.64 28.20 GPS

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