View south of Eldorado Valley's center & north;
(Highland Range, (center photo) on valley's southwest perimeter; playa visible, ~5-mi)
|Borders on||McCullough Range-W
|Communities||Boulder City, NV-NE
|Lowest point||Eldorado Dry Lake|
|- location||Eldorado Valley (extreme north)|
|- elevation||1,750 ft (533 m)|
|Length||35 mi (56 km), N-S|
|Width||18 mi (29 km), E-W|
Eldorado Valley (north at Eldorado Dry Lake)
Eldorado Valley, or El Dorado Valley, is a Great Basin valley in the Mojave Desert southeast of Las Vegas and southwest of Boulder City, Nevada. The valley is endorheic, containing the Eldorado Dry Lake. The Great Basin Divide, transects ridgelines and saddles, on the north, northeast, east, and south around the valley, as the valley sits on the east of the McCullough Range, a Great Basin massif, on the Great Basin Divide at its north teminus and its south terminus.
The north end of the valley contains a large salt pan, or dry lake, Dry Lake or Eldorado Playa, while the southern two thirds drains northwards. U.S. Route 95 traverses eastern portions of the valley, and climbs steeply to meet U.S. Route 93, connecting Boulder City to Henderson.
Acciona Solar Power owns and operates a 64-megawatt concentrating solar thermal plant in the Eldorado Valley.
Highland Range Crucial Bighorn Habitat
A habitat nature reserve for the Desert Bighorn Sheep is located in the southern portion of the Eldorado Valley, named the 'Highland Range Crucial Bighorn Habitat'. There are no public access routes into the habitat area, to protect the Bighorn.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eldorado Valley.|
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dry Lake
- "Piute Wash watershed--15030102". U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- "Solar projects". NVEnergy. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- "Highland Range Crucial Bighorn Habitat". recreation.gov. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- Las Vegas Wash Watershed; Havasu-Mohave Lakes Watershed
- Eldorado Playa, Geomicrobiological Changes (coord)
- Eldorado Dry Lake, Eldorado Valley Flyers.com-(elevation 1750ft)
- (Eldorado Dry Lake), RiderPlanet-USA, riderplanet-usa.com (elevation) & Photo gallery
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