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Cabin Spring Road
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road
Alamo Road near Cabin Spring Road

Overview

Cabin Spring Road is an 8.9-mile spur road that runs southeast from the Alamo Road, crossing the broad Dry Lake Valley and eventually climbing into Cabin Canyon in the rugged northern extension of the Sheep Range. The road ends at a little-used traditional camping area and trailhead high in the Pinyon Juniper Woodland life zone. This road is little used, well washed out, and quite rocky. It is a long slow drive to a remote spot, and although most of the road is suitable for a 2WD high-clearance vehicle, a few spots of loose gravel and crossing deep gullies make 4WD the safe way to go.

Link to map.

For general information on camping, hiking, regulations, other issues, and the natural history of the Wildlife Refuge, see the Desert National Wildlife Refuge -- Area Overview page.

Cabin Spring Road
Alamo Road (left) at Cabin Spring Road (right)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert... Cabin Spring Road runs in washes with loose, deep gravel, making it most suitable for 4WD vehicles, especially given that it runs out into such wild and remote country. There are no services or developments of any kind. Cell phones don't work. Bring water and food, a good spare tire, a shovel, tools, a tow rope, bailing wire (I learned the hard way) and anything else that you might need to survive a day or two stuck out in the desert.

While out there, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this road leads to remote country, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. This is a wildlife refuge, so pay extra attention to respecting the land and stay on the roadway.

Cabin Spring Road
Sign at road intersection

Location

Cabin Spring Road is located on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and starts about 3-1/2 hours northwest of Las Vegas. To get there, drive out to the Information Kiosk (Table 1, Site 0106) at the Corn Creek Field Station.

Continue east for about 250 feet to a T-intersection. Turn left onto Alamo Road, and follow it north for 39.5 miles to Cabin Canyon Road (Site 0098), which is to the east (right).

Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road, 2.6 miles east of Alamo Road

The Road

From Alamo Road (Site 0098), Cabin Spring Road runs southeast over a low saddle (with a campsite) and out into the broad south end of Dry Lake Valley. The road rocks, rolls, and bumps along over rocks, washouts, washes, and more rocks, climbing slowly towards Cabin Canyon.

The road was graded years ago, but now the road essentially is a two-track with shrubs in the center. Despite this, much of the road is suitable for 2WD high-clearance vehicles, but patches of deep, loose gravel and the remote location require a 4WD vehicle.

As the road climbs into Cabin Canyon, it essentially disappears into the gravel, but wide spots between bushes serve the purpose until the road eventually ends at a wide spot with a fire ring.

Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road, 3 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road, 5.4 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road, 8.1 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road, 8.4 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road, 8.9 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring trailhead parking (view north)
Cabin Spring Road
Looking back from Cabin Spring Parking
Cabin Spring Road
Heading back: Cabin Spring Road, 5.4 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road
Cabin Spring Road
Heading back: Cabin Spring Road, about 3 miles east of Alamo Road
Cabin Spring Road
Heading back: Cabin Spring Road, 2.6 miles east of Alamo Road

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) Verified
0098 Alamo Rd at Cabin Spring Rd 656773 4087799 36.92502 115.23987 3,235 Yes
0106 Corn Creek parking area 647225 4033632 36.43845 115.35745 2,814 Yes
0489 Alamo Rd Closure 657093 4088514 36.93141 115.23614 3,231 Yes
0637 Cabin Spring Road End 667716 4079662 36.84983 115.11888 5,593 Yes

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