Clayton Valley Dunes Nevada

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Last updated 05/27/2009

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  • United States: NV

Name: Clayton Valley
Western Nevada near the town of Silver Peak. Silver Peak is 54 miles from Tonopah and 90 miles from Hawthorne.

Clayton Valley dune field is located in the southern part of Clayton Valley, 7 miles south of Silver Peak, Nevada, and is accessible via dirt/gravel road. The highest dune rises 280 feet above the valley floor.

This is a very remote dune with very little use.

The dunes have been designated a Special Recreation Management Area (SMRA) by the BLM.

Elevation - 4,300 ft.

2,500 acres.

From Tonopah (at the junction of Highway 95 and Highway 6):

Go north on Highway 95 for 31.3 miles. Looking for Highway 265 South and Silver Peak.
GPS Coordinates: N 38 01.07, W 117 46.53

South on Highway 265 (aka Nivloc Rd.) to Silver Peak. If you look at Google Maps, you will technically stay on Highway 265 until you to get the turnoff to the dunes. Don’t let your guard down, because it isn’t clear on the ground that this is the case.

Stay on main road past the post office and the volunteer fire department. The pavement ends, and there is a factory on your right and a pond in front and to the left. You want to take the dirt road to the left of the pond towards Oasis.

You will cross under two rows of power lines. At the end of the pond, the road forks.

Take the road to the right that parallels the power lines. Drive on this road for 3.6 miles and turn left towards the dunes (technically this is still Highway 265 or now S. Clayton Valley East-West Rd.)

Drive 3 miles towards the dunes and turn right on the dune access road.

The staging/camping area is about 1 mile in.

Fees: None
Whip flag that extends 8 ft. from the ground

No person shall operate an off-highway vehicle in a manner likely to cause environmental damage. Do not run over vegetation.

Bring in, dispose of or possess any firewood containing nails, screws, or other metal hardware.

Spark arresters are required on all OHVs.

No trash collection. Please do not litter.

Other Information:
Silver Peak is one of the oldest mining areas in Nevada. A 10-stamp mill was built in 1865, and by 1867 a 20-stamp mill was built. Mining camp lawlessness prevailed during the late sixties, and over the next 38 years, Silver Peak had its ups and downs. In 1906, the Pittsburg Silver Peak Gold Mining Company bought a group of properties, constructed the Silver Peak Railroad and built a 100-stamp mill at Blair the following year.