Potosi Mountain

Potosi Mountain, one of the gnarliest roads in Nevada

Potosi Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.580m (8,464ft) above the sea level, located in Clark County, in Nevada, USA.

Is the road to Potosi Mountain unpaved?

Nestled in the Spring Mountains southwest of Las Vegas, the unpaved road to the summit, also known as Mount Potosi, is extreme, with many narrow parts. It is called Forest Road 509 (Potosi Mountain Road). 4x4 vehicles only. The peak serves as a major FM broadcast transmitter site for Las Vegas. To that end, the road was constructed from the south to allow service vehicles to rumble to the top.

How long is the Potosi Mountain Road?

Starting from Pauline Mine Road, the road to the summit is 9.65km (6.0 miles) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1138 meters. The average gradient is 11.79% hitting about a 25-30% road gradient through some of the ramps. A number of mines exist on the slopes of the mountain. One such mine is the famous Potosi Mine. There are a number of small shelter caves on the mountain.

How did Carole Lombard die?

There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory and fully charged batteries! The summit dominates the Las Vegas skyline and the views are tremendous. It was the site of the DC-3 airplane air crash that killed 22 passengers, most notably the Hollywood actress Carole Lombard, in 1942. The site of the crash site is not meant to be revealed, although dedicated searchers have found it.
Pic&video: Roy Myers


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.