Goshute Valley

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Goshute Valley
Country United States
State Nevada
Region Spring-Steptoe Watershed
District southeast Elko County
Borders on N: TBD
E: Toano Range
SW: Cherry Creek Range
SE: Antelope Valley
SE: Dolly Varden Mountains
SE: Currie Hills
S: Steptoe Valley
SW & W: Pequop Mountains
Coordinates 40°46′13″N 114°24′48″W / 40.7702°N 114.4134°W / 40.7702; -114.4134Coordinates: 40°46′13″N 114°24′48″W / 40.7702°N 114.4134°W / 40.7702; -114.4134
Highest point Shafter Knoll [1]
 - location just north of valley center, ~5 mi W of Toano Range
 - elevation 5,864 ft (1,787 m) [2]
 - coordinates 40°46′13″N 114°24′48″W / 40.7702°N 114.4134°W / 40.7702; -114.4134
Length 60 mi (97 km), north-south trending
Width 12 mi (19 km)
Geology Alluvium

The Goshute Valley is an endorheic landform of the Great Basin. The towns of Oasis and Cobre are in the valley's north, and the central and north of the valley contains broken flatlands, with short washes draining from the surrounding mountain ranges.

The abandoned Nevada Northern Railway depot in Currie, Nevada

Interstate 80 crosses the valley and has a junction with State Route 233 at Oasis. The Nevada Northern Railroad traverses the valley north from Ely and intersects the Western Pacific Railroad at Shafter and continues on north to a connection with the Southern Pacific Railroad at Cobre.

The southern 25 mi (40 km) of the valley turns southwest and includes the northeast-flowing Nelson Creek which drains into a flatland sink. Currie is in the Steptoe Valley to the southwest end of the Goshute Valley adjacent a drainage divide between the north flowing Nelson Creek and the south flowing drainage into the intermittent Goshute Lake near the ghost town of Goshute.[3] The Goshute Canyon Wilderness lies to the southwest in White Pine County.

Salt desert[edit]

The Goshute Valley includes the largest of the Nevada salt desert ecoregions.[4]


  1. ^ Shafter Knoll, trails.com
  2. ^ Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 2010, p. 32-33.
  3. ^ USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangles: Currie, NV and Goshute Lake North, NV
  4. ^ Bryce, S.A; et. al, Ecoregions of Nevada (PDF), Reston, Virginia: USGS  Note: Goshute Valley not labeled on map.
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