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Kyle Canyon Slots Trailhead
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Kyle Canyon Slots
End of the road outside the first slot

Note: This trailhead remains closed after the Carpenter 1 Fire. Check with the Forest Service. This trailhead might be closed until 2019.

The Kyle Canyon Slots Trailhead is located up in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (also known as Mt. Charleston), about 30 minutes northwest of Las Vegas.

From town, drive north on Highway 95 to Kyle Canyon Road (Highway 157; Table 1, Site 0667). Turn left onto Kyle Canyon Road and drive west for 12.3 miles to Harris Springs Road (Site 0764), which is just past two paved and lighted "chain up" pullouts.

Link to Trailhead Map.

Kyle Canyon Slots
Smaller trailhead parking area

Turn left onto the infrequently graded Harris Springs Road and drive south for about 200 yards as the road runs out across Kyle Canyon Wash. When Harris Springs Road turns left and to cut up the hillside, turn right onto a one-lane dirt road (Forest Road 532H; Site 1283).

Follow Forest Road 532H west for 0.42 miles as it runs along the south edge of Kyle Canyon Wash. The road passes a side road to the right (FR 532J), which is not a better way to go. Forest Road 532H runs straight and then follows the cliffs around to the south and up towards a cleft in the cliffs.

Kyle Canyon Slots
No vehicle in the slot!

The road passes close to the cliff, then passes a large (several vehicles) parking area on the left (Site 1286). A bit farther, the road bends sharply to the right, passes a small parking area, and drops into the wash. Staying to the left in the gravel, the road runs up into the mouth of the slot. Depending on the vehicle, pick a parking area; stop here; this is the trailhead (Site 1284).

I drove in the first time in my wife's sedan and that was fine, but I stopped just before dropping into the wash. Less adventuresome driver might park in the edge of Harris Springs Road (Site 1283) and walk from there. We are hikers, so we might as well hike!

Kyle Canyon Slots
Harris Springs Road at Kyle Slot Road (Rd 532H; view SE)
Kyle Canyon Slots
Start of Kyle Slot Road (Rd 532H; view W)
Kyle Canyon Slots
Kyle Slot Road (Rd 532H)
Kyle Canyon Slots
Kyle Slot Road (Rd 532H)
Kyle Canyon Slots
Kyle Slot Road (Rd 532H)
Kyle Canyon Slots
Approaching smaller parking area
Kyle Canyon Slots
View into narrow from smaller parking area
Kyle Canyon Slots
Approaching end of the road
Kyle Canyon Slots
End of the road
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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
0667 Hwy 95 at Kyle Canyon Rd 651544 4021405 36.32758 115.31167 2,820 Yes
0764 Kyle Canyon Rd at Harris Springs Rd 632942 4015180 36.27423 115.51990 5,400 Yes
1283 Harris Springs Rd at USFS Rd 45532H 632973 4014969 36.27233 115.51960 5,404 Yes
1284 Kyle Canyon Slot Trailhead Parking 632559 4014665 36.26964 115.52425 5,490 GPS
1286 Kyle Canyon Slot Lower Parking 632587 4014748 36.27038 115.52393 5,460 GPS

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