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May 20, 2016

New Road Gives Better Access to Sloan Canyon

An Easier Way to Get to this Hidden Gem

Inspirada is the gateway to the Sloan Canyon, a national conservation site of almost 50,000 acres of pristine desert landscape that features volcanic rock peaks soaring to over 5,000 feet in height. It is best known for its petroglyph site where 300 rock art panels with 1,700 individual design elements created by ancient Native American cultures can be found. We’re proud to call this beautiful area our backyard, and now Inspirada residents and visitors have even better access to it. Thirteen years after becoming a protected area, the first paved road going into the canyon has opened and includes a new visitor’s center and parking.

The new Nawghaw Poa Road is located just south of Inspirada. It can be reached by following Via Firenze south until it ends, then making a right turn onto Democracy Drive. This short section of Democracy Drive is still unpaved, but it will soon be completed so you do not have to go off-road at all to reach Sloan Canyon. After driving along the unfinished section of Democracy Drive for about a quarter mile, the first turn on your left will be the Nawghaw Poa Road. (View the road on Google Maps here.)

The road was named with help from the local Southern Paiute tribe, which means “mountain sheep trail”. It brings visitors to a new, staffed Contact Center with a number of amenities, including restrooms, picnic areas, a parking lot, and 44 miles of additional completed trails.  According to the BLM, future plans for the area include a pavilion, amphitheater, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and even more additional trails and trailheads.

Inspirada residents have unparalleled access to Sloan Canyon, where you can hike, bike, ride horses, and take in all of the sights the natural landscape of Southern Nevada has to offer. To find out about other exciting events in the Henderson area, check out our events calendar!

You can also read more about the new Sloan Canyon access road in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

 

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