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Off Road Trail Spotlight: Bitter Springs - Mesquite – Nevada Trails

If you’re looking for new off-roading trails to explore, you don’t have to restrict yourself to Moab, Utah. While it’s true that Moab is home to some of the most popular trails in the country, you can find equally exciting trails if you’re willing to search for them. Besides other trails may not be as crowded as Moab trails and you won’t have to wait in a long queue to get a chance at some famous obstacles.

Another advantage to seeking out other trails is that you’ll get a chance to see more of the beautiful country and discover some interesting or hidden gems while at it.

Bitter Springs Trail

The Bitter Springs Trail is one of those trails that you’ll be glad to have discovered. Found just to the north of Las Vegas, near Overton, Nevada, this 263-mile trail is a BLM Backcountry Byway and is suitable for all skill levels, from novice to experienced off-roaders.

You have the option of starting the trail either at Lake Mead or from the other end at the Valley of Fire park entrance. Along the way, you can expect to cross the Muddy Mountains as well as some canyons. The trail runs over rough terrain with some steep climbs and ruts and plenty of loose and sometimes sharp rocks. To make the trip, make sure that your rig has sufficient ground clearance, else you risk damaging the undercarriage. A skid plate is also a good idea as is a set of good off-road tires.

This is a long, fun, and beautiful trail. While much of it goes over the desert landscape, you may get lucky and spot some wild horses or bighorn sheep. There’s also an old quarry along the way where you can stop and explore.

Prepare for the Trip

The Bitter Springs Trail is located in desert country so go prepared with plenty of water. Also, ensure you wear appropriate clothing and carry some emergency gear. Some of the rocks along the trail are quite sharp so it’s a good idea to carry spare tires or a puncture repair kit in case of a blowout.

If you’d like a detailed map of the trail, download one from the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive online store. The file will be in GPX format which is easy to install in whichever GPS tracking device you use so you don’t need to bother yourself with physical maps.

At Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, we are passionate about exploring all the trails in this corner of the country. That is why we organize regular trail riding events to get people to discover trails other than the popular ones in Utah. To learn more about the trails in this part of the country or to get your rig ready for the trail visit our auto shop in Moab or the one in St. George. We’re always happy to help.


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