Best Off-Highway Drives in Nevada

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in Nevada (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Nevada off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Crystal Peak Loop


This convenient and highly scenic tour provides vistas across Dog Valley to Reno and into the Great Basin.…
From the guidebook "Sierra Nevada Byways"
Verdi, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 20 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#2. Black Rock Hot Spring


An immense pool of aqua-blue water on the northern reaches of the Black Rock Desert. The spring is incredibly hot, and all precautions should be taken to avoid serious injury. The spring itself is a m…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Gerlach, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Genoa Peak Road


This high (over 8,000 feet much of the way) mountain road provides great views of the Lake Tahoe Basin, especially from the 9,150-foot summit of Genoa Peak. Along the northern segment, Logan House Roa…
From the guidebook "Sierra Nevada Byways"
Glenbrook, NV - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives - 10.2 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Kings Canyon Trail


This trail begins at the intersection of King Street and Mountain Street, 0.4 miles west of US 395, and heads west from the suburbs of Carson City toward the Carson Mountain Range. Traveling on paved…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Carson City, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 11.9 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#5. Soldier Meadows Hot Springs


General description: A series of hot springs ponds formed by several seeps in a remote desert setting These hot springs are in an extremely geothermally active valley, offering several choices within…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Gerlach, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Hyder Hot Spring


A large, colorful hot spring source on an isolated hillside. Water from a smaller hot spring is trapped in a small, shallow pool that is bathable. Hyder Hot Spring rests on a small hill in an isolated…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Lovelock, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Double Hot Springs


Another fantastic hot spring on the margins of the Black Rock Desert Playa, even farther away than Black Rock Hot Spring and more difficult to reach. The spring does, however, offer ample bathing oppo…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Gerlach, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Midas Hot Spring


A completely natural hot spring pool in an uninhabited part of Nevada. A totally natural hot spring pond, Midas has not been dammed or reinforced, and no such work is necessary for bathing purposes.…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Golconda, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Titus Canyon


Perhaps the most popular backroad in Death Valley National Park. Very scenic after the first 10 miles. A few buildings remain at the Leadfield Mine. Interesting geologic rock formations and a few petr…
From the guidebook "Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Beatty, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 26.8 miles
Published by FunTreks

#10. Soldier Meadows Hot Creek


Similar in setting to other nearby springs, this site offers additional bathing opportunities, with quite a variance in temperatures. The hot creek is only a few miles from Springs 9 and 10, and all c…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Gerlach, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Soldier Meadows Warm Pond


A large, warm, 5-foot deep pond in the Soldier Meadow area.…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Gerlach, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Jersey Valley Hot Springs


A large pool with a strong, sulfurous smell that flows into a smaller pool. The hot spring water runoff is used for watering cattle and produces lush vegetation. In a dry cattle-ranching valley, Jerse…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Lovelock, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 0
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Genoa Peak Trail


This trail begins just off of Nevada 207 near Lake Tahoe. Proceed north off the highway on North Benjamin Drive. This paved road accesses the National Forest road after running through a residential a…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
South Lake Tahoe, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 11.6 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#14. Como Ghost Town Trail


This trail begins in the town of Dayton and winds through the rugged Pine Nut Mountains to its end in Smith Valley. The trail starts off on the paved Old Como Road, which runs alongside a gravel pit.…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Dayton, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 20.9 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#15. McClellan Peak Trail


The best way to access this trail is to exit US 395 at Arrowhead Road, just north of Carson City. Travel west 1.5 miles from the US 395 northbound exit ramp along Arrowhead Road to the intersection of…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Carson City, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 12.3 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#16. Ludwig Ghost Town Trail


This trail begins in a residential area around the towns of Smith and Wellington and runs north through the historic mining area of Delphi and Ludwig. It crosses Mason Pass and the Singatse Range and…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Wellington, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 26.6 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#17. Sunrise Pass Trail


A few pinyon and juniper pine trees grow widely dispersed across the landscape as the trail begins to climb toward the Pine Nut Mountains. Continuing to ascend, the road undulates over some small hill…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Minden, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 43.6 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#18. Ophir Grade Trail


Ophir Grade Trail begins at the historical marker at the southern end of Virginia City’s main street, just north of the town of Gold Hill. Turn off Nevada 342 at the Nevada Department of Transportatio…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Virginia City, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 3.7 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#19. Logan House Creek Trail


Logan House Creek Trail, USFS Trail #33, is a pleasant drive through the forest, which loops off Western #23: Genoa Peak Trail and eventually rejoins it about 4 miles south of the starting point. Thro…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Lake Tahoe, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 6.6 miles
Published by Adler Publishing

#20. Pony Express Trail


This trail begins just south of Buckland’s Station on US Alt. 95. The road proceeds east from the highway on a wide, maintained dirt road. Be aware that sections of this long, remote trail can be extr…
From the guidebook "Nevada Trails Western Region Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
Silver Springs, NV - Off-Highway Drives - 27.2 miles
Published by Adler Publishing