Piute Wash

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Piute Wash
Desert Wash
Dead Mountains wash 2.jpg
Outfall region of Piute Wash
(NW of Needles & Colorado River)
(southeast Dead Mountains)
Country United States
States Nevada, California
Region (southeast)-Mojave Desert
District Searchlight, NV-N
Needles, CA & Mohave Valley, AZ-SE
Borders on Piute Valley
(Interstate 40 in California-S)
City Cal-Nev-Ari, NV
Coordinates 35°18′12″N 114°52′51″W / 35.30333°N 114.88083°W / 35.30333; -114.88083Coordinates: 35°18′12″N 114°52′51″W / 35.30333°N 114.88083°W / 35.30333; -114.88083
Lowest point Colorado River
 - location Needles, California-(2 miles north)
 - elevation 488 ft (149 m)
 - coordinates 34°50′18″N 114°36′40″W / 34.83833°N 114.61111°W / 34.83833; -114.61111
Length 45 mi (72 km), (N-to-S, then E-(8 mi))
Width 0.4 mi (1 km), E-W, (then N-S)
Piute Wash is located in California
Piute Wash
Piute Wash (north, Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada)
in Nevada and California

The Piute Wash of extreme southeastern Nevada and northeast San Bernardino County California is the south-flowing drainage of the Piute Valley. The wash and valley are located northwest of Needles, California.

The Piute Wash Drainage and Piute Valley drains the eastern flank of the north-south Piute Range; the main wash drains portions of the northwest Newberry Mountains. The wash hugs the eastern portion of the Piute Valley, and in the southeast of the valley, the wash skirts the west of the Dead Mountains, then traverses the southwest and south perimeter of the Dead Mountains, then descends steeply toward its outfall into the Colorado River in California adjacent Needles. I-40 also descends steeply in this stretch down to Needles.

The Piute Valley and Wash are north-south trending as are the mountains bordering west and east; the wash's abrupt traverse east to its outfall is about an 8-mile (13 km) stretch.

South Piute Valley[edit]

Southern section of Dead Mountains (the wash hugs SW and S base of mountains)

Southern portions of the wash receive some north flowing drainages from the north of the Sacramento Mountains. Also, west of the western perimeter Piute Range of Piute Valley, the Sacramento Wash (Clark County, Nevada) flows south, with the Fenner Valley in the northwest. The Sacramento Wash then turns east to join the Piute Wash. In the southwest a water divide separates the Ward Valley draining southwestwards into San Bernardino County.

Piute Wash Watershed[edit]

The Piute drainage is west of the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. A narrow drainage from the Newberry and Dead Mountains drain into the Havasu-Mohave Lakes Watershed.

To the north of the Piute Wash Watershed and Searchlight is the north-flowing Eldorado Valley, an endorheic basin that forms a dry lake.

Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada is in the northern third of the valley.[citation needed] The elevation of Piute Wash outfall at the Colorado River, just north of Needles, is 488 feet (149 m).[1]


  1. ^ Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas, Needles, CA, elev. 488, p. 32-33.

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