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White Rock Road
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Desert National Wildlife Refuge
White Rock Road
Alamo Road at White Rock Road

Overview

White Rock Road is a 3.0-mile spur road that runs east from the Alamo Road and leads to a trailhead for White Rock Spring (dry?) and routes into the Sheep Range. The road is rough, but usually in reasonable condition and generally suitable for 2WD high-clearance vehicle.

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.

White Rock Road
Road sign along Alamo Road

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert... White Rock 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.

White Rock Road
White Rock Road at Alamo Road

Location

White Rock Road is located on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and starts about 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 20.6 miles to White Rock Road (Site 0455), which is to the east (right).

White Rock Road
White Rock Road, 0.3 miles E of Alamo Road

The Road

From Alamo Road (Site 0455), White Rock Road runs east towards the Sheep Range. It was graded long ago, but now the road essentially is a two-track with shrubs in the center. Despite this, the road generally is suitable for 2WD high-clearance vehicles, as the road surface mostly is firm and there are no particularly large rocks or other hazards in the roadway, although it is a bit rough.

The road runs up the bajada, past a set of black cliffs, and then runs up onto a low ridge overlooking White Rock Wash, remaining on the low ridge the rest of the way. After climbing consistently and fairly straight for 3.0 miles, the road ends at rocky bluffs formed from volcanic ash (the white rocks).

The road ends at a parking area (Site 0506) at the edge of White Rock, which is blocked with boulders. There are no trailhead signs, just a small "no vehicles" sign. There is a campsite at the end of the road. Hiking routes into the Sheep Range begin here.

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White Rock Road, 1.0 miles E of Alamo Road
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White Rock Road, 2.1 miles E of Alamo Road
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White Rock Road, 2.2 miles E of Alamo Road
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White Rock Road, 2.24 miles E of Alamo Road
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White Rock Road, 2.4 miles E of Alamo Road
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White Rock Road, 2.7 miles E of Alamo Road
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Parking at end of White Rock Road
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Barricade at end of White Rock Road (view E)
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White Rock Trailhead (view E)
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White Rock Trailhead (view N)
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View west from ridge above trailhead
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Heading down, 2.6 miles east of Alamo Road (view W)

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
0455 Alamo Rd at White Rock Rd 650602 4064040 36.71194 115.31384 4,230 Yes
0506 White Rock Rd Trailhead 655137 4064222 36.71285 115.26305 5,151 Yes

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