Pahute Mesa (landform)

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Pahute Mesa (landform)
NTS - Pahute Mesa 2.jpg
section of Pahute Mesa (southeast, at Test Site)
Country United States
State Nevada
Regions (southwest)-Great Basin region)
((north)-Mojave Desert border)
County Nye
Borders on Gold Flat-NE
Pahute Mesa (test region)-SE
Eleana Range-SE
Bare Mountain (Nevada)-SSE
Sarcobatus Flat-SW & S
Bullfrog Hills-SSW
City Beatty, NV
River (NE source of)-Amargosa River
Coordinates 37°16′07″N 116°48′33″W / 37.268547°N 116.809234°W / 37.268547; -116.809234Coordinates: 37°16′07″N 116°48′33″W / 37.268547°N 116.809234°W / 37.268547; -116.809234
Highest point Tolicha Peak
 - location (northwest mesa region)
 - elevation 7,679 ft (2,341 m)
 - coordinates 37°16′07″N 116°48′33″W / 37.268547°N 116.809234°W / 37.268547; -116.809234
Length 60 mi (97 km), NW to SE
Width 25 mi (40 km), (variable)
Pahute Mesa (mesa)
in Nevada

The Pahute Mesa (landform) is a large, 60 miles (97 km) long[1] mesa in southern Nye County, Nevada. The mesa's southeast region lies in the Nevada Test Site which is southeast; the region in the test site is called Pahute Mesa, one of the major test site sub-regions.

The central, and some southeast sections of the Pahute Mesa are the south-southwest flowing upland watersheds of the Amargosa River which flows south past Beatty and the Bare Mountains. The river enters the Amargosa Desert and Valley just south of Beatty, a northeast watershed tributary to southern Death Valley.


The mesa is variable in width but generally from 20-25 mi wide. The mesa extends northwest to southeast with the east merging into the Eleana Range at the center-north of the Nevada Test Site. The mesa forms the southwest border of the Nellis Air Force Range, at the northeast of Sarcobatus Flat; the Nellis Range border then turns north to end adjacent Tonopah, Nevada, about 65 mi (105 km) distant.

Peaks, and highpoint[edit]

The highest peak in the northwest end of the mesa is Tolicha Peak, 7,054 feet (2,150 m).[2] Quartz Mountain, 6,945 feet (2,117 m), is adjacent 3 mi (5 km) east. Other peaks occur in the southeast where the mesa merges into the northwest of the Eleana Range.


Route U.S. 95 traverses the southwest border of Pahute Mesa at the northeast of Sarcobatus Flat, the road from Beatty to Goldfield, Nevada. Since the mesa and regions north are part of the Nellis Air Force Range, access from the north is from Tonopah and U.S. Route 6 in Nevada, going by way of Gold Flat and other regions south of the Cactus Range, anchoring the northwest corner of the Air Force Range.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, c. 2010, p. 64-65, 60-61.
  2. ^ Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 64.

External links[edit]

Tolicha Peak (highpoint)