Tie Rod Canyon, a road notorious for breaking tie rods

Tie Rod Canyon is a fun and challenging trail located in Clark County, in the U.S. state of Nevada, just south of Las Vegas. This is a good hard trail.

Tie Rod Canyon

The road is totally unpaved. Starting at Sloan it's 8.04km (5.0 miles) long. You can run it in either direction. There are some rocky and steep parts that do not have bypasses. The road is not easy, though. It’s named because the legend says that it is notorious for breaking tie rods. As a memorial, a Tierod stands alongside the trail.

The drive gets a lot of visitors on weekends. 4x4 vehicle with high clearance required. No stock vehicles. A long wheelbase vehicle might have a tough time in some sections. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. The trail travels from the flat desert area south of the city over a mountain pass, at 1.080m (3,543ft) above the sea level, and eventually down through a pretty challenging canyon.
Pic&video: Justin OBrien