Christmas Tree Pass Road

Adventure along Christmas Tree Pass Road

Christmas Tree Pass Road (Approved Road 20) is a very scenic drive on Spirit Mountain near Laughlin, Nevada, in USA. The road is gravel. Most places in good condition, but a few spots are steep and rough. High clearance vehicle is helpful in spots.

This gorgeous drive is 16 miles long. It leads over the Newberry Mountains in southern Nevada. It provides a gorgeous drive through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area to an extensive petroglyph site in Grapevine Canyon. This route runs 16 mi through a desert landscape sacred to several historical and modern native tribes. This graded back road reveals miles of stunning desert and mountain scenery as it loops between wilderness areas through a region sacred to native cultures.This trip is very interesting and there are some petroglyphs here if you feel like a little hike.

After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. The road begins just outside the town of Laughlin off of NV Highway 163, and ends to the south of the tiny town of Searchlight, NV, on US Highway 93. This scenic drive is is gravel and is generally in good condition. However, in a few places the road can be a bit rough and steep, particularly right below the pass on the eastern side. Although some careful and slow driving will allow a passenger car to traverse the occasional deep ruts and holes that form here - a high clearance vehicle can be quite helpful.
The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car. You’ll run across the desert floor and then begin a gentle climb into the mountains. This is one of those drives you do for the attractions along the way. There are lots of hiking and rock-scrambling opportunities along the way. Also, be sure to stop off at Grapevine Canyon. There you can scamper on granite boulders and observe an incredibly dense collection of ancient rock art.
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