has a somewhat isolated location in a wide valley on the west side of the Spring Mountains
, only an hour's drive from Las Vegas
but very different in atmosphere and character. The town is quite dispersed; shops, restaurants and a small selection of lodging are spread out along six miles of the main road (Hwy 160), while the developed area extends for at least twice that, with many residences separated by vacant lots or larger patches of desert. The only other major route into town is Hwy 372, which soon crosses the California stateline and meets Hwy 127, from where the southern end of Death Valley
is just 25 miles away.
On the east side of Pahrump, several tracks penetrate a little way into the mountains, ending at trailheads for Mount Charleston
and neighboring peaks. One other attraction nearby (22 miles) is Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
, a collection of lakes, springs and sinkholes.
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