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Shooting Gallery Access Road
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Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Highway 93 approaching South Richardville Road (view N)

Overview

Most of the road to the Shooting Gallery is graded, but first bit is paved and the last 0.3 miles seems to have been abandoned and requires a 4WD vehicle. From the highway, the well graded road runs west into the mountains, then turns south and climbs two steep hills before reaching a spur road to the Shooting Gallery. This road is washed out and most visitors should plan to park along the graded road and walk in from there.

Two sections of the road are very steep and should not be attempted in any vehicle when wet.

Link to Map.

Shooting Gallery Access Road
Highway 93 at South Richardville Road (view N)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this road is pretty safe, but it is very steep in two places and should not be attempted in any vehicle when wet because it would be easy to slide in the mud and slip off the cliff.

This area is remote. 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.

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 should work where Alamo can be seen, but not in the Shooting Gallery, proper.

Shooting Gallery Access Road
South Richardville Road approaching Canyon Road (view N)

Getting to the Road

The Shooting Gallery rock art site is located on the edge of the Pahranagat Valley about 85 miles north of Las Vegas on Highway 93.

From town, drive north on Interstate 15 to US Highway 93 (Table 1, Site 0674). Exit onto Highway 93 and drive north to Alamo. From the Chevron Station and market in Alamo (Site 0675), continue north for 1.7 miles to South Richardville Road (Site 1119). Turn left and follow South Richardville Road as it bends right to head north to Canyon Road (Site 1121).

If you miss South Richardville Road, continue north another 1.6 miles to North Richardville Road (Site 1120), turn left, and follow it back south to Canyon Road (Site 1121).

Shooting Gallery Access Road
Sign at South Richardville Road -- Canyon Road intersection (view N)

The Road

From Richardville Road at Canyon Road (Site 1121), turn onto Canyon Road, which is paved, and drive west. The pavement ends in 0.4 miles; continue west onto the dirt. In about 0.1 miles, stay right at a fork (Site 1122; the left goes to the town dump).

Driving west on what is now Curtis Canyon Road, continue "straight" towards the obvious canyon in the distance, passing all side roads along the way. In the canyon, the road eventually bends to the left and runs south to a fork (Site 1123). Stay left, and quickly left again, to climb a very steep hill. This hill is extremely steep and marginally 4WD due solely to the steep grade; stay away if the road is muddy.

Atop the steep hill, the road winds up a shallow canyon, generally trending south. About 1 mile past the top of the hill, stay right at a fork (left to a telecom tower) and drive south across a broad mountain valley.

Shooting Gallery Access Road
Canyon Road (view W)

At the far end of the broad mountain valley, the road climbs another very steep hill as it cuts up and across a steep hillside. As on the first steep hill, the second hill is extremely steep and marginally 4WD due solely to the steep grade; stay away if the road is muddy.

Atop the second steep hill, the road winds gradually down into another valley. About 250 yards past the crest of the ridgetop, Curtis Canyon Road reaches Shooting Gallery Road (Site 1124), on the right.

Shooting Gallery Road turns hard to the right (almost a U-turn), but the road washed out badly a few years ago. Since then, while grading Curtis Canyon Road, the county grader operator has heaped considerable debris on the intersection. Without a 4WD vehicle, visitors should stop here and walk the rest of the way.

Shooting Gallery Road runs northwest for about 0.3 miles to a turn-around loop and parking area (Site 0929). Park here; this is the trailhead.

Shooting Gallery Access Road
Canyon Road beyond the edge of town (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Canyon Road (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Canyon Road (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Curtis Canyon Road approaching the canyons (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Curtis Canyon Road heading into the canyons (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Curtis Canyon Road heading into the canyons (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Curtis Canyon Road stays left at fork (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Start of first steep hill (view E)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
First steep hill (view E)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
First steep hill (view E)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
First steep hill (view E)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
First steep hill (view N)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
First steep hill (view N)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Not so steep hill (view SE)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Road intersection; stay right (view SE)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Atop first steep hill, starting across long valley (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Middle of the valley (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Far end of the valley (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Approaching the second steep hill (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Starting up second steep hill (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Second steep hill (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Second steep hill (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Approaching top of second steep hill (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Road descends at reasonable grade (view SW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Traversing gentle terrain (view SW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Approaching Shooting Gallery spur road (view SW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Curtis Canyon Road at Shooting Gallery Road (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Curtis Canyon Road at Shooting Gallery Road (view S)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery Road (view W from Curtis Canyon Road)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery Road (view NW from Curtis Canyon Road)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery Road runs down wash (view NW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Road hazards in the wash (view NW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Out of the wash, somewhat better road (view NW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Out of the wash, somewhat better road (view NW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Approaching split of the turn-around loop (view NW)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Approaching trailhead parking (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery trailhead parking (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery trailhead parking (view W)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery trailhead parking (view N)
Shooting Gallery Access Road
Shooting Gallery trailhead register and information

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)
0929 Shooting Gallery Parking 652859 4135766 37.35786 115.27400 5,228
1119 Hwy 93 @ S Richardville Rd 662744 4139477 37.38962 115.16163 3,550
1120 Hwy 93 @ N Richardville Rd 661850 4142112 37.41351 115.17115 3,560
1121 Richardville Rd at Canyon Rd 661660 4140081 37.39525 115.17373 3,504
1122 Curtis Canyon Rd at Dump Rd 660887 4140022 37.39485 115.18248 3,577
1123 Curtis Canyon Rd at Fork below Hill 652505 4139271 37.38950 115.27729 4,637
1124 Curtis Canyon Rd at Shooting Gallery Rd 653112 4135485 37.35529 115.27121 5,297

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