reply to post by Raud
Hey, I'm not that kind of guy. ;-)
For the Tonopah loop:
Rocket sign: N38 04 45.4 W117 00 37.8
Guard shack: N37 53 11.5 W116 45 43.7
Silverbow sign: N38 08 58.8 W116 34 47.3
There is no particular advantage to which direction you do the loop, though if you are passing through the area, say Tonopah to Rachel, you would
probably hit the rocket sign first. You can climb the hill at
N37 53 45.8 W116 45 20.2
and look at the base. You are directly in view of the guard shack, but they probably won't bother you.
For Cold Creek, enter at
N36 31 24.1 W115 32 54.7
If you stay on the best road, it will eventually lead to the Bonanza Peak trail head. I've run into wild horse just before the trail head.
There is no gas between Alamo and Tonopah. Depending on your rental vehicle, if you were leaving Rachel for the wild horse area near the TTR, you may
consider going to Tonopah first to fill up. Conversely, you can buy cheap gas cans at Wal-Mart when you are in Vegas, and pack an extra 5 gallons or
Gas cans in the car can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous. I find it better to have two 2.5 gallon cans than one 5 gallon can. What you want to
do is keep the cans full until you are ready to put the fuel in your tank. A partially full can is worse than a full can since it is the vapors that
get you. If you are going to be on dirt roads and you can't dump the full can in the gas tank, stash the gas can someplace and retrieve it later.
Basically you want to avoid shaking up the gas can.
If your vehicle has a trunk, I suggest not transporting the can back there. I prefer to have the can some place where I can check on it, and
preferably a location where it won't tip over, such as in the foot area of the back seat.
Some people out of the country rent a HHR. It is a Chevrolet that has fold down seats You can car camp in it. It doesn't have much ground clearance,
but it is no lower than a car. If the last leg of your trip is along route 95, you can get rid of the gas cans in Tonopah. [I doubt you want to pack
them on the plane.] There is a thrift store that would take them. They get a lot of donations from visitors, such as camp stove fuel, sleeping bags,
etc. At $50 a room in Rachel, those bulky sleeping bags they sell at Wal-Mart pay off quickly. You can camp on any of the BLM land. Basically if it is
not private land, it is BLM. There is a BLM office in Tonopah if you want the actual BLM maps that indicate their land. Car camping near the any of
the Groom Lake gates will get you your money's worth since the dudes will have to baby sit you.
The "secret camp site" off of the ET Highway is at
No problem getting a car back there.
The last parking/camping place before you reach the front gate is at
You are on camera here, so use good judgement should nature call.
There are some road leading to camp sites around
I can't vouch for these spots since I never used them.
Coyote Summit camp site is at
Your vehicle is very visible at this location from the ET Highway. Of course, I haven't heard of the Nevada Chain Saw Massacre, just Texas.
The road up Tempiute starts at
N37 32 41.5 W115 36 56.1
It was being paved the last time I was in the area. You can head up and and just stop where you think camping is appropriate. There is a pull off
The mine is semi-active, so there may be an occasional car up the road. The road is paved up to the mine, then becomes dirt. The loop terminates near
the back gate road close to Rachel.
You should bring some binoculars in addition to a camera. Most everything you run into will be far away. You need at least 300mm and preferably 400mm
to photograph wild horses. They will run if you get too close.