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Nawghaw Poa Road (Sloan Canyon Road)
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Sloan Canyon Road
Nawghaw Poa Road
Via Firenze (view S)

Overview

Nawghaw Poa Road (Sloan Canyon Road) is the main access to the north edge of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, the North McCullough Wilderness Area, and the Petroglyph Canyon Trailhead. This trailhead provides the shortest route to Petroglyph Canyon, one of the most spectacular petroglyph galleries in southern Nevada.

A contact station at the end of Nawghaw Poa Road is staffed by volunteers Friday-Sunday June to September and all week during the rest of the year. Nawghaw Poa Road is open to vehicles when the contact station is open, otherwise people can walk or ride bikes into the area.

Nawghaw Poa Road is a good, paved road, but the City of Henderson roads that connect to it are not entirely finished. Democracy Drive west of Via Firenze has been paved, but it remains a construction zone (as of December 2016). Even so, Democracy Drive is open to anyone who wants to visit Sloan Canyon.

Link to map.

Nawghaw Poa Road
Via Firenze at Democracy Drive (view SSW)

Access

Nawghaw Poa Road is accessed from Democracy Drive, which is on the south edge of Henderson, and time will tell what turns out to be the best access route. For now, the best access is via Bicentennial Parkway and Via Firenze to Democracy Drive.

The Road

From Democracy Drive (Table 1, Site 1779), Nawghaw Poa Road runs south and passes through a gate where inbound traffic can be blocked. Outbound traffic can bypass the gate by driving over road spikes when exiting the area after the gate is closed.

The paved Nawghaw Poa Road winds up the hillside for 0.7 miles to the parking lot and Visitor Contact Station at the trailhead (Site 1194). A paved bicycle and walking trail parallels the road.

Note that Nawghaw Poa Road is open only when the contact station is open.

Nawghaw Poa Road
Via Firenze at Democracy Drive (view SSW)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Democracy Drive (view W)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Democracy Drive approaching Nawghaw Poa Road (view W)
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Nawghaw Poa Road (view S from Democracy Drive)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Gate at beginning of Nawghaw Poa Road (view S)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Nawghaw Poa Road (view S)
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Nawghaw Poa Road (view S)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Nawghaw Poa Road at Sloan Canyon Trailhead parking (view S)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Sign in the parking lot (view S)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Sign in the parking lot (view S)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Visitor Contact Station (view S)
Nawghaw Poa Road
Visitor Contact Station (view S)
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Visitor Contact Station hours (view S)
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BLM 100 Trailhead (Petroglyph Canyon Trail; view SE)

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)
1194 Petroglyph Canyon Trailhead Parking 669169 3976094 35.91635 115.12514 2,895
1779 Democracy Drive at Nawghaw Poa Road 669347 3977158 35.92591 115.12294 2,846

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