The Dirt: Southern Nye County



The southern portion of Nye County provides off-roaders with many great places to ride.  The Pahrump area provides access to the eastern slopes of the Spring Mountains, including Wallace Canyon and Wheeler Pass, Carpenter Canyon and Trout Canyon.

For sand and dune enthusiasts, Amargosa Big Dune is a short drive north of Pahrump. See our companion page for more information.

The OHV trails surrounding the town of Beatty offer riders with many historic mining sites and geologic wonders. See our webpage on the guided adventure route through the Bullfrog Historic Mining District.

Beatty is the “Gateway to Death Valley”. Take State Route 374 West into Death Valley National Park.  Licensed vehicles only are allowed within the Park boundaries.  On the way, stop off in Historic Rhyolite to see ruins of the old mining community. Or visit the Goldwell Open Air Museum for some amazing and unique Nevada Art. 

For a longer day-trip, for licensed vehicles only, drive through Titus Canyon, a beautiful slot canyon on the eastern side of Death Valley.  In this canyon, road conditions can change quickly and dramatically. Before you go, visit the National Park Service website for information on road conditions and closures. From Beatty, head west on SR 374, then take Titus Canyon Road, heading Northwest.  This is a slow 27-mile drive, but well worth it, if conditions permit. 

Safety should always be the primary concern for visitors to Southern Nye County.. High-clearance, 4WD vehicles are recommended for all trails in the region. Be aware of extreme heat, limited cell phone service, and flash floods. Many OHV routes include stretches of sandy wash, and vehicles can easily become stuck. Always take extra water wherever you travel, and tell someone of your travel itinerary, just in case you become stranded in a remote location.


There are multiple staging and parking areas available across the county.  See map for more information.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

The BLM lands in Southern Nye County are managed by the Pahrump and Tonopah Field Offices

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

Telephone: (702) 515-5000

Email: blm_nv_sndo_web_mail@blm.gov

Website: https://www.blm.gov/office/pahrump-field-office

BLM Tonopah Field Office
1553 South Main Street
Tonopah, NV 89049

Telephone: (775) 482-7800

Email: blm_nv_sndo_web_mail@blm.gov

Website: https://www.blm.gov/office/pahrump-field-office

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the BLM OHV Website https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/OHV.

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

Land Manager

Plan Your Visit