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Gass Peak Traditional Campsite 2
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Gass Road Traditional Campsite
Gass Road Traditional Campsite

Overview

Gass Peak Traditional Campsite 2 is located on the north side of Gass Peak, about 8 miles out the Gass Peak Road. A short spur road leads to the campsite, so it is conveniently off the main road. This is a nice "wilderness" campsite with grand views all around and a big sky for stargazing, but no sights or sounds of civilization. The site is only big enough for one group, but it makes a nice place for a Leave-No-Trace camping experience way out in the desert (but not too far from home).

The campsite is near Gass Spring, a small water hole on the northeast flanks of Gass Peak, making this is a good area to find desert birds, bighorn sheep, and even bats as they come to drink.

Link to map.

Gass Road Traditional Campsite

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a safe place to camp. Depending on road conditions, camp might be accessible with a 2WD-HC vehicle, but inquire locally or use a 4WD just to be sure.

While camping, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, be sure to have the 10 Essentials in your vehicle. This is a wildlife refuge, so pay extra attention to respecting the land.

Gass Road Traditional Campsite

Getting to Camp

This campsite is located on the Desert National Wildlife Range, about 2.5 hours north of town. For general information on camping, regulations, other issues, and the natural history of the Wildlife Refuge, see the Desert National Wildlife Range -- Area Overview page.

From town, drive out to Corn Creek Field Station and continue east 50 yards to a T-intersection. Turn right onto Mormon Well Road, driving south and then east up the bajada for 4.35 miles to Gass Peak Road. Gass Peak Road cuts off to the south (right) just before Mormon Well Road gets to the mountains. Turn right onto Gass Peak Road and follow it south and then east for 8.0 miles to a spur road to the right (Table 1, Site 1010). Turn right onto the spur road and drive south about 200 feet to the end of the road (Site 1011). This is it, park in the road and camp here.

Gass Road Traditional Campsite

Gass Peak Traditional Campsite 2 is a nice "wilderness" campsite with no sights or sounds of civilization. There are no amenities, so bring your water, table, firewood, and everything. Pitch tents on the edge of the road or in patches of bare dirt so as not to damage the vegetation, and be sure to use the big established fire ring.

There is no shade, so this is a 3-season campsite. While in the area, consider hiking out to Quail Spring or Gass Spring, or even Gass Peak or Quartzite Peak.

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Verified
1010 Gass Peak Rd Camp 2 turnoff 36.43682 115.16024 664906 4033771 4,954 GPS
1011 Gass Peak Rd Camp 2 36.43646 115.16075 664862 4033731 4,943 GPS

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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