Pahrump Valley

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Pahrump Valley
Pahrump from Carpenter Canyon Road 2.jpg
view due west to north of
Nopah and Resting Spring Ranges
Country United States
States Nevada, California
Region Ivanpah-Pahrump Valleys
Watershed (2830 sq mi)
Districts Nye County, NV, San Bernardino County, CA
Borders on Spring Mountains-NE
Nopah Range-SW
Resting Spring Range-W & WNW
City Pahrump, Nevada
Coordinates 36°12′31″N 116°0′43″W / 36.20861°N 116.01194°W / 36.20861; -116.01194Coordinates: 36°12′31″N 116°0′43″W / 36.20861°N 116.01194°W / 36.20861; -116.01194
Length 40 mi (64 km), NW-SE [1]
Width 15 mi (24 km)
Pahrump Valley
in Nevada and California

Pahrump Valley is a Mojave Desert valley west of Las Vegas and the Spring Mountains massif in southern Nye County, Nevada, and eastern San Bernardino County, California. Pahrump, Nevada, is in the valley's center and the Tecopa and Chicago Valleys are immediately to the west.[1] The valley has routes to Death Valley and a route to Las Vegas.

Pahrump along with Valley Electric [2] will soon be the first town in Nevada to offer fiber internet to each house within its geographical area.


The Pahrump Valley was crossed by the Old Spanish Trail and later the Salt Lake Road.


The large block of the Spring Mountains borders Pahrump Valley on the northeast and east, with Nevada State Route 160 skirting parts of the mountain's south, and being the only due west route from Las Vegas. Route 160 turns northwest to Pahrump in the valley's center-north then meets U.S. Route 95 at the valley's north perimeter. Carpenter Canyon road starts near Pahrump and runs about 10 miles to Carpenter Canyon. Carpenter Canyon creek is one of the few year round fish creeks in the Spring Mountains.

In California, the Nopah Range borders the valley's southwest, with the north of the adjacent Resting Spring Range merging north to form the northwest border of the Pahrump Valley. The mostly east-west Kingston Range is the southern border of the valley.

The closest community to Pahrump is Shoshone, California, 25 mi southwest, with Ash Meadows Ranch and Death Valley Junction, California slightly farther to the northwest.

Pahrump Valley Wilderness[edit]

The Pahrump Valley Wilderness is in the southern Pahrump Valley, the northern Kingston Range, and the California and Mesquite Valleys.[2]


  1. ^ Rand McNally Road Atlas, Large Scale, c 2001 p. 34-35.
  2. ^ "Pahrump Valley Wilderness Trails". Retrieved 2010-08-19.

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