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Hole-in-the-Wall Road
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Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Black Canyon Rd at Hole-in-the-Wall Rd (view S)

Overview

Hole-in-the-Wall Road is a short spur road that runs west from Black Canyon Road to the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center and Picnic Area. The road is graded dirt, but usually is well maintained.

This road provides access to several hikes, the visitor center, and a picnic area. Water is available for travelers at both sites.

Link to map.

Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center sign (view S)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about being in the desert, ... the road generally is well maintained and passable in sedans, but the road is subject to washouts. While out in the desert, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, the area is remote, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Hole-in-the-Wall Rd (view W from Black Cyn Rd)

Getting to the Road

This road is located in Mojave National Preserve, about 2 hours south of Las Vegas. From town, drive south on I-15 into California to Nipton Road (Table 1, Site 1008). Turn left onto Nipton Road and drive east 3.6 miles. Turn right onto Ivanpah Road (Site 1264) and drive south 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Morningstar Mine Road (Site 1265) and drive southwest 15 miles to Cima (Site 0832), where the road crosses railroad tracks and continues as the Kelso-Cima Road. Continue 4.6 miles on Kelso-Cima Road. Turn left onto Cedar Canyon Road (Site 0832) and drive east 6.0 miles. Turn right onto Black Canyon Road (Site 0833) and drive south 9.5 miles to Hole-in-the-Wall Road (Site 0836), on the right.

From the south, exit I-40 onto Essex Road (Site 1474). Drive north 9.9 miles. Turn right onto Black Canyon Road (Site 0845) and drive north 9.7 miles to Hole-in-the-Wall Road (Site 0836), on the left.

Hole-in-the-Wall Road

The Road

On Black Canyon Road (Site 0833), Hole-in-the-Wall Road forms a T-intersection to the west. Hole-in-the-Wall Road crosses a cattle guard and continues west about 1/4-miles to Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center. The parking lot on the left is the trailhead for the Rings Loop Trail and Banshee Peak Route. Opposite the Visitor Center, the Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail leads north into the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground; plant species are identified along the trail. The visitor center hours depend on the season and availability of personnel, but it generally is open little during summer.

Beyond the Visitor Center, a large bank of solar panels are tucked behind rocks on the left. These panels provide power to the Visitor Center and have mostly eliminated the need for a noisy diesel generator.

Hole-in-the-Wall Road

Continuing around the corner to the left, the road splits three ways. The fork to the left leads to Banshee Canyon and trailhead parking for the Rings Trail, the Barber Peak Loop Trail, the Hole-in-the-Wall to Mid Hills Trail, and several other interesting hikes. For non-hikers, there is an overlook into Banshee Canyon on the left at the trailhead.

The fork to the right leads into the Hole-in-the-Wall Picnic Area where several tables provide grand views, but without shade are better suited for winter use. There is an outhouse that is open 24 hours.

The trailhead road curves right and the picnic area road curves left, and both merge and return down the center of the three forks.

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Hole-in-the-Wall Road Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Visitor Center and trailhead parking (view N from above)
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Start of Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail (view N)
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Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center (view W)
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Solar panels behind rocks (view NW)
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Road splits three ways
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Trailheads left; picnic area right; return center (view NW)
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Outhouse
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Approaching trailhead parking (view W)
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Rings Trailhead
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Barber Peak Loop Trailhead
Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Barber Peak Loop Trail
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Picnic area
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Rings Trailhead

Returning towards the Visitor Center

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Hikers returning towards the Visitor Center (view E)
Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Returning towards the Visitor Center (view E)
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Returning towards the Visitor Center (view SE)
Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Returning towards the Visitor Center (view SE)
Hole-in-the-Wall Road
Returning towards the Visitor Center (view SE)
more to come ...

 

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
0502 Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center 646403 3878704 35.04221 115.39490 4,260 Yes
0836 Black Cyn Rd at Hole-Wall Rd 646860 3878671 35.04184 115.38989 4,213 Yes
0846 HITW Rd at Rings Trailhead 646180 3878900 35.04401 115.39731 4,252 Yes

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