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Bonanza Trailhead
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Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza TrailheadBonanza Trail trailhead sign (view W)

Bonanza Trailhead is located up in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (also known as Mt. Charleston), about 1.25 hours northwest of Las Vegas. From town, drive north on Highway 95 to Cold Creek Road (Table 1, Site 0341). Turn left onto Cold Creek Road, drive west past the prisons, and continue to Cold Creek Town (Site 0671).

The pavement ends on the far edge of Cold Creek town, but a dirt road continues past town. The dirt road past Cold Creek Town is not plowed during winter and may be blocked by snow, and it sometimes is rough and may require a high-clearance vehicle. Continue to the large parking lot at the end of the dirt road (Site 0259), always staying on what is clearly the main road (there are several narrow side roads). Park here at the end of the road; this is the trailhead.

Link to Trailhead Map.

Bonanza Trailhead
Beginning of Bonanza Trail (view SW)

Two trails depart from this parking lot. The Bonanza Trail departs from the southwest corner, and the Camp Bonanza Trail departs from the northwest corner.

Bonanza Trail provides access to the Bonanza Trail, which passes Bonanza Peak en route to the Bristlecone Trail in Lee Canyon, Willow Peak, McFarland Peak, and various routes into the mountains. This trail starts from the southwest (far) side of the parking area. The trail goes southwest around an open area (used to be a grassy meadow), not around the north side of the open area.

The Camp Bonanza Trail provides access to Camp Bonanza, the site of an historic Boy Scout camp. The buildings are gone, but some foundations remain and the area still is used for group camping. Beyond Camp Bonanza, old-road trails lead to Whisky Spring.

Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza Trailhead parking area
Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza Trailhead parking area
Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza Trailhead signs
Bonanza Trailhead
Start of Bonanza Trail and Bonanza Peak Trail
Bonanza Trailhead
Wilderness Register box at Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza Trailhead in 2002
Bonanza Trailhead
Camp Bonanza Trailhead sign
Bonanza Trailhead
Camp Bonanza Trailhead
Bonanza Trailhead
Start of Camp Bonanza Trail
Bonanza Trailhead
Camp Bonanza sits atop cliff in background
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Bonanza Trailhead 2017; sign has fallen over (view W)

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

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0259 Bonanza Peak Trailhead Parking 613021 4026870 36.38213 115.73994 7,513 Yes
0341 Hwy 95 at Cold Creek Rd 630061 4042819 36.52372 115.54734 2,970 Yes
0671 Cold Creek Town 613277 4030600 36.41572 115.73654 6,197 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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