Christmas Tree Pass – A Scenic Drive
At 12 miles one way, Christmas Tree Pass is generally considered to be a challenging hike, but as a scenic drive, it’s way cool. Will you see Santa Claus? Nope. How about Christmas trees? No Christmas trees either, but you will see a few bushes that somebody decorated with holiday ornaments.
Getting to Christmas Tree Pass
The scenic drive will lead you over the Newberry Mountains in Southern Nevada. The road begins just outside Laughlin on NV Highway 163, and ends at the tiny town of Searchlight on US Highway 93. The road is mostly gravel, so if you have a high-clearance vehicle, that’s great. A regular car will make it too, but go slow. You want to see the scenery anyway.
You will have the beautiful vistas all to yourself, because nobody lives on Christmas Tree Pass and there are no gas stations either, so fill the tank before you go.
Here’s What You Will See on Christmas Tree Pass
You’ll see gorgeous mountain scenery and dramatic views of the Colorado River and Laughlin below. When you get to the summit of Christmas Tree Pass, you’ll see the vast Mojave Desert seemingly stretching on forever. That’s not all, though. The same road will take you to a trailhead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area where you’ll find some Native American petroglyphs that may be 900 years old.
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