Burro Wash Road is a scenic 4x4 trail in Nevada

Burro Wash Road is a scenic drive located in Clark County, in the US state of Nevada. The trail is a power line road that generally follows the Burro Wash canyon.

Burro Wash Road

How Long is Burro Wash Road and What Can I See?

Located in southern Nevada, near the Arizona border, to the south of Hoover Dam, the trail is 18.50km (11.5 miles) long. Starting at Boulder City, a city in Clark County, it ends at the Colorado River on Burro Wash. This scenic route initially runs along the power lines before passing through Black Canyon and traveling down a wash. At the end of the trail, you are greeted with an awesome view of the river and a small beach to relax and enjoy the cool water. 

Do I Need a 4x4 to Drive Burro Wash Road?

The road is certainly a rough and rocky one, requiring a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle. Route conditions change frequently due to weather, flash floods, rockfall, and other hazards. The trail will have some minor washed-out areas, slightly off-camber spots, and minor rocky obstacles, but is generally considered moderate. It's essential to check weather reports to avoid the dangers of flash flooding. 

What Terrain Challenges Can I Expect on Burro Wash Road?

This trail begins as a sandy wash but soon becomes a path intermixed with extreme rocky sections that require careful wheel placement. As you approach the end, you'll navigate some rocky descents, sandy washes, and a few minor but enjoyable rock obstacles before reaching the river. This trail should not be underestimated; however, most 4-wheel drive vehicles equipped with low-range gears and all-terrain tires should find it manageable. Do exercise caution, especially during the downhill sections that can be very washed out. 

What Precautions Should I Take When Traveling Burro Wash Road?

There are parts of the trail that are very high clearance and rocky. The road conditions can change drastically after heavy rains. Given the winding nature of the road with some very steep sections, careful navigation is essential. There are reports of a multitude of flying bugs at the landing, so springtime camping might not be ideal. Moreover, rattlesnakes have been observed in the area. One essential tip: be aware that cellphone service is largely unavailable. It's recommended to be prepared and, if possible, travel in groups.
Pic&video: Mike Teliska