Nemo Canyon to Mud Spring

Stovepipe Wells, California 93549

Nemo Canyon to Mud Spring

Nemo Canyon to Mud Spring Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail-less hike follows the broad wash of Nemo Canyon between fluted canyon walls, ending at a rare desert oasis. Nemo Canyon claims only modest beginnings on the west slope of the Panamint Range, about halfway between Emigrant Pass and Wildrose Peak. Starting as a minor drainage across a moderately high alluvial fan, Nemo Canyon trends west, then turns abruptly southwest and carves into a landscape composed of breccia (ancient angular rock fragments cemented into stone), where you find dramatic cliffs sculpted into fluted buttresses by ages of erosion. Halfway through this dramatic canyon is the seep of Mud Spring, a rare and precious source of water for a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep and many other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Respect this source of water as the lifeblood of native wildlife, and linger here only briefly."

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Trail Information

Stovepipe Wells
Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Best October through April
3,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,000 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Maturango Peak NE, Jail Canyon, Emigrant Pass
Local Maps