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Durango Drive Trailhead
Hiking Around Las Vegas; Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Durango Trailhead
Durango Drive trailhead parking (view NNE)

Overview

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is a new National Park Service area that was designated in December 2014. As of now, there are no formally designated trails or trailheads, but the northern terminus of Durango Drive serves the purpose with paved parking and easy access into the National Monument.

From downtown, drive north on Highway 95 towards Reno. Towards the north edge of town, exit right onto Durango Drive (Table 1, Site 1540), following signs towards Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

Follow Durango as it bends to the left to run due north. Pass the turnoff to Floyd Lamb Park and continue north until Durango dead-ends into Moccasin Road (Site 1539). Just across Moccasin, on the left, lines on the pavement indicate diagonal parking stalls. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Link to Map.

This trailhead provides access to the Durango Short Loop Route and a plethora of old dirt roads that can be used a trails.

Durango Trailhead
Durango Drive at Moccasin Road; parking at left (view N)
Durango Trailhead
Durango Drive at Moccasin Road (view NW)
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Durango Drive trailhead with sign (view NE)
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Durango Drive trailhead sign (view N)
Durnago Drive Trailhead
Durango Drive trailhead parking (view NE)
Durango Trailhead
Paleontological Resources are protected -- no collecting!
Durango Trailhead
Edge of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
Durango Trailhead
Hiker looking into the National Monument (view NE)
Durnago Drive Trailhead
Durango Drive trailhead and hiker access (view E)
Tule Springs National Monument
Durango Drive Trailhead hiker access (view ENE)

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

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
1539 Durango Dr at Moccasin Rd 654533 4022393 36.33601 115.27818 2,478 Yes
1540 Hwy 95 at Durango Dr. 653989 4018211 36.29841 115.28507 2,598 Yes

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