Grass Valley (Pershing County)

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For the valley with the same name in Nevada, see Grass Valley (Lander-Eureka counties); for other uses, see Grass Valley (disambiguation)
Grass Valley (Pershing County)
Country United States
State Nevada
Region (northwest)-Great Basin
County Pershing
Borders on East Range-W & SW
Winnemucca, Nevada-N
Sonoma Range-ENE & E
Tobin Range-SE
Communities Winnemucca, Rose Creek, Goldbanks (site)
Creek Clear Creek (Sonoma Range)
Coordinates 40°43′51″N 117°40′29″W / 40.73083°N 117.67472°W / 40.73083; -117.67472Coordinates: 40°43′51″N 117°40′29″W / 40.73083°N 117.67472°W / 40.73083; -117.67472
Lowest point Buena Vista Lake Bed
 - elevation 4,065 ft (1,239 m)
Length 30 mi (48 km), WNW x SSE
Grass Valley at Clear Creek Ranch (east)

The Grass Valley of Pershing County, Nevada is a 30-mile (48 km) long[1] valley located in the county's northeast. The north section of the valley is part of the southwest portion of Winnemucca on the Humboldt River. Clear Creek flows down the valley center, north-northwesterly and joins the Humboldt at Rose Creek, Nevada, 10-mi southwest of Winnemucca. The census-designated place of Grass Valley, with a population of 1,161, occupies the central 8 miles (13 km) of the valley.


Grass Valley trends north-northwest and is nestled between two mountain ranges on the Humboldt River's south. The East Range is southwest, the Sonoma Range is north-northeast. The valley narrows at its south-southeast with the north terminus hills of the Tobin Range meeting the Sonoma Range.

The valley is widest at its center, about 9 miles (14 km).[2] Clear Creek enters from the northeast just north of center, and it drains from the central massif of the Sonoma Range, Sonoma Peak, at 9,395 feet (2,864 m).[3]

The valley narrows north and south to about 4 miles (6.4 km), but widens at the floodplain of the Humboldt River. The center of the valley[4] is approximately just southwest of Clear Creek Ranch at the west foothills of the Sonoma Range.


The north of Grass Valley is traversed by Nevada State Route 294; for 5 miles (8.0 km) into the valley it is paved. It becomes the unimproved road, Grass Valley Road, and goes through the valley center-east near the mountain foothills; 25 miles (40 km)[5] further it reaches Goldbanks (site) at the south terminus of Grass Valley, the northwest region of the Tobin Range. Grass Valley Road continues south through Paradise Valley, and then enters the north of Dixie Valley, (and Churchill County).


  1. ^ Nevada DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, pp. 28-29.
  2. ^ Nevada DeLorme Atlas, pp. 28-29.
  3. ^ Nevada DeLorme Atlas, p. 29.
  4. ^ Nevada DeLorme Atlas, pp. 28-29.
  5. ^ Nevada DeLorme Atlas, p. 29.

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Satellite photo, view south; Carson sink at right (small, black curved range on its northwest is the W. Humboldt Range)-(Pahrump Valley, top-left; Death Valley-top; Sierra Nevada, top-right)
The Buena Vista Lake Bed is shown north of Carson Sink, at west of the Humboldt Range; (Grass Valley (Pershing County) is just northeast, past the East Range. (photo bottom edge))