The Dirt: Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway



The Bitter Springs Back Country Byway is a 28 mile point-to-point trail located near Overton, Nevada and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended as road conditions are rough and variable. Normally, the drive takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

The trail passes north of the Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area. Hidden Valley may be accessed by driving the Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway approximately three miles east on the Valley of Fire Highway from Interstate 15. About four miles south of the Valley of Fire Highway on this rough dirt road, turn right at the sign for Color Rock Quarry. About three miles further lies the trailhead for Hidden Valley.


From Las Vegas, Nevada:

  • Take Interstate 15 North to the Exit 75/Valley of Fire State Park. Turn right.
  • Continue towards State Park. When the paved road bends left, continue straight onto the maintained dirt road.
  • BLM signage will indicate the Bitter Springs Back Country Byway.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: BLM

More Trail Info...

BLM Field Office - Las Vegas
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Telephone: (702) 515-5000

Email: lvfoweb@blm.gov

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

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