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Corn Creek Road
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Corn Creek Road
Corn Creek Road
Road signs along Highway 95 (view N)

Overview

Corn Creek Road, so named because it connects Highway 95 with Corn Creek Field Station in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, is the primary access to the wildlife refuge from Las Vegas. For most visitors, this is just the road to the Visitor Center.

The road is 3.8-miles long, graded gravel, and normally is fine in a carefully driven sedan (standard 2WD vehicle), but the road is subject to flash flooding and sometimes rocks get thrown up on the road. There are plans to pave the road, but we've learned not to hold our breath.

Link to map.

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Road signs along Highway 95 near turnoff (view N)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about being in the desert ... Corn Creek Road generally is a fine dirt road. There are no services (no fuel, no food) or developments of any kind except the Visitor Center where water and restrooms are available. Cell phones work along this road.

The speed limit is 35 mph, so when approaching an oncoming vehicle, pull to the right and slow down to reduce the chance that a stone, thrown by a tire, will hit and crack your windshield.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This road is short, so just bring what you need of the 10 Essentials. This is a wildlife refuge, so pay extra attention to respecting the land and the wildlife.

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Hwy 95 at Corn Creek Road (view N)

Location

Corn Creek Road is located on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, about 25 minutes northwest of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive north on Highway 95 passing the turnoffs to Mt. Charleston and the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Reservation (the highway goes under an overpass here). About 6 miles past the overpass, the turnoff to Corn Creek (Table 1, Site 0350) is marked by a small green refuge sign, a Corn Creek Road sign, and a well-graded, gravel road heading east across the desert. Turn right; this is Corn Creek Road.

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Corn Creek Road (view E from Highway 95; view E)

The Road

From Highway 95 (Table 1, Site 0350), Corn Creek Road passes a bank of cluster mailboxes, bends back to the right passing a dirt parking area, and eventually bends back to the left in an area of low rolling hills were water sometimes crosses the road. Often, this is the worst part of the road.

The road runs straight at a slight decline towards the bottom of the valley. The road passes a T-intersection to Corn Creek Village, which lies off to the right. Continuing straight, the road passes the entrance sign to the wildlife refuge and the field station can be seen in the distance.

Approaching the field station, slow down to reduce the amount of dust thrown up by the tires. The road passes two service roads on the left that provide maintenance and refuge staff entrances, curves to the left and approaches the visitor center (Site 0106), which is on the far side of the refuge headquarters and maintenance buildings.

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Starting down Corn Creek Road (view SE)

Just before the Visitor Center entrance road, a small kiosk on the right provides a map, general information about the refuge, and a sign-in register. For visitors entering the refuge without stopping in the Visitor Center, please sign-in here. Use a false name if you don't want the government tracking your movements, but sign-in so the refuge gets information on visitor use. Hopefully better information will lead to better funding for things like grading the roads.

The Visitor Center parking area is on the left. If space is available, be sure to park in the shaded parking area.

Continuing a few more yards, Corn Creek Road ends at a T-intersection (Site 1295). Here, Alamo Road runs north (left) and Mormon Well Road runs south (right). Signs provide mileages and general warnings about these roads that provide access to wild and wonderful places in the interior of the refuge. These roads can be quite rough, so don't start out unprepared.

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Early on, Corn Creek road passes through creosote-bursage scrub
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The the road passes the first of the saltbrush scrub
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Approaching turn to Corn Creek Village (view E)
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Corn Creek Village Road (view S from Corn Creek Road)
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Approaching wildlife refuge entrance sign (view ENE)
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Wildlife refuge entrance sign (view ENE)
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Corn Creek Road enters the lower-elevation saltbrush scrub
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Saltbush flats along Corn Creek Road (view ENE)
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Birder looking for Bell's Sparrow and Le Conte's Thrasher
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Mesquite tree can have thrashers (view S)
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Saltbush flats -- home for sparrows and thrashers (view ENE)
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Corn Creek Road passes the lower-elevation saltbrush scrub
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A colony of Mining Bees on the edge of the road
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A colony of Mining Bees on the edge of the road
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Caution: road may flood
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Corn Creek Road climbs back into Creosote-Bursage scrub
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Corn Creek Road at Service Road to Boneyard (view E)
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Corn Creek Road at 1st Service Road to maintenance area (view E)
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Corn Creek Road at 2nd Service Road to maintenance area (view E)
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Corn Creek Road at exit from Visitor Center parking

Passing the exit from Visitor Center covered parking
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Corn Creek Road approaching backcountry sign-in station
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Backcountry sign-in station
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Backcountry sign-in register box
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Approaching Visitor Center parking entrance (view N)
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Corn Creek Visitor Center parking entrance (view from road)
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Entering Corn Creek Field Station Visitor Center parking (view N)
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Corn Creek Field Station Visitor Center
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Corn Creek Field Station Visitor Center
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Covered parking at Corn Creek Field Station Visitor Center
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Approaching end of Corn Creek Road (view E)
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Information sign; this usually is a good idea
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Approaching end of Corn Creek Road (view E)
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Mileage sign at the T-intersection

Table 1. Highway Distances 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
0106 Corn Creek parking area 647198 4033568 36.43787 115.35777 2,814 Yes
0350 Hwy 95 at Corn Creek Rd 641416 4032155 36.42601 115.42251 3,050 Yes
1295 Corn Creek Rd at Alamo-Mormon Rd 647311 4033593 36.43808 115.35650 2,933 Yes

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