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Sloan Northwest Access Road
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Sloan North Access Road
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Las Vegas Blvd at Sloan Canyon Northwest Access Road (Site 1190)


Sloan Northwest Access Road provides access to the north side of North McCullough Wilderness Area and to portions of the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA). The road is located just south of the Las Vegas Urban area in the hills above the Anthem neighborhood in the City of Henderson. This road requires, at the least, a high-clearance vehicle.

Henderson is expanding, and this area is being developed. The east end of the road is now housing developments (Democracy Drive), and time will tell how much of the road remains

Link to map.

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Las Vegas Blvd at Sloan Canyon Northwest Access Road (Site 1190)


Sloan Northwest Access Road is accessed from South Las Vegas Blvd.

The Road

From town, drive south on Interstate-15 to the Sloan exit. Exit the highway, turn east (left), and cross under the interstate to a T-intersection, which is Las Vegas Blvd. Turn left onto Las Vegas Blvd. and drive northeast for 0.6 miles to a line of high-tension powerlines (Table 1, Site 1190). The poles are unusual in that each is a single pole made of rusted plate metal (rather than the usual 4-legged, steel girder structure). The poles are numbered; the one at the edge of the pavement is #X12116.

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Powerline road with view of power substation

Turn right and drive east on a short bit of paved road that quickly becomes dirt and bends right to run along the powerlines. I refer to this road as Sloan Northwest Access Road. The road runs more-or-less straight for 0.9 miles to a large power substation surrounded by a block wall. Stay to the right around the substation and follow the pavement around to the far (southeast) side (Site 1191).

Note that in the area between Las Vegas Blvd and the substation, there is a maze of roads, some of which can be used rather than the powerline road, however, the powerline road is obviously legal and the easiest road to follow.

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Stay right around substation

The pavement ends beyond the substation (Site 1191), but Sloan Canyon Northwest Access Road continues east along the powerline, but with the area developing, it is unclear whether this road will remain or be swallowed up in housing tracts.

Near the substation, Sloan West Edge Road forks off and runs south along the west edge of the National Conservation Area. Signs indicate that Sloan West Edge Road is closed, but I've been told by BLM Rangers that it is open, and in fact, the road they use to get from the north side to the south side of the National Conservation Area.

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Southeast corner of substation (near to Site 1191)
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Sloan Canyon Northwest Access Road, smooth in the desert flats

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
1190 LV Blvd at Sloan N Access 663649 3978286 35.93704 115.18583 2,645 Yes
1191 Sloan N Access Rd 664884 3977067 35.92585 115.17240 2,687 GPS

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