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Quail Spring Road
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Quail Spring Road
Quail Spring Road

Overview

Quail Spring Road is a 1.4-mile spur road that runs northeast from the Gass Peak Road and leads to a trailhead for the Quail Spring Guzzler and Quartzite Mountain routes. The road usually is in reasonable condition, but a bit of steep downhill at the end of the road is most suitable for 4WD vehicles; 2WD vehicles should stop atop the hill.

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.

Quail Spring Road

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert... the Quail Spring Road generally is a good dirt road, but it runs out into 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 night 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.

Quail Spring Road

Location

The Quail Spring Road is located on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and starts about 1.25 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 right onto Mormon Well Road, and follow it south and then east for 4.3 miles to Gass Peak Road (Site 0884), which is to the south (right). On Gass Peak Road, drive south then east for about 8.6 miles to a fork (Site 0944). The branch to the left is Quail Spring Road.

Quail Spring Road

The Road

From Gass Peak Road (Site 0944), the Quail Spring Road runs northeast up the bajada into a large, north-trending valley in the Las Vegas Range with Quartzite Peak in the background. The road climbs consistently and fairly straight for the first 1.23 miles, then takes a hard turn to the right and descends a steep hillside. If driving a 2WD vehicle, it might be wise to stop atop the hill and walk the last few hundred feet to the trailhead. This place is too remote to risk not being able to climb the hill and get trapped at the end of the road.

The road ends, 1.40 miles out, at a parking area (Site 0945). There are no trailhead or information signs, but the hiking routes continue in line with the road to the wash a few yards out, then follows the wash uphill.

The Quail Spring Guzzler and Quartzite Mountain routes begin here.

Quail Spring Road Quail Spring Road
Quail Spring Road
Easy uphill section
Quail Spring Road
Steep downhill section; 2WD vehicles park on left
Quail Spring Road
Approaching the end of the road
Quail Spring Road
Trailhead parking

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
0106 Corn Creek parking area 647225 4033632 36.43845 115.35745 2,814 Yes
0884 Mormon Well Rd at Gass Peak Rd 653761 4033896 36.43980 115.28450 3,652 Yes
0944 Gass Peak Rd at Quail Spring Rd 665609 4033133 36.43095 115.15254 4,844 Yes
0945 Quail Spring Trailhead 666648 4035031 36.44787 115.14055 5,148 Yes

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