Specter Range

Coordinates: 36°38′54″N 116°10′21″W / 36.64833°N 116.17250°W / 36.64833; -116.17250
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Specter Range
Specter Range is located in Nevada
Specter Range
Location of the Specter Range mountain gap for U.S. Route 95 in Nevada.
Highest point
PeakEagle Peak [1]
Elevation1,485 m (4,872 ft)
Coordinates36°38.25′N 116°09.39′W / 36.63750°N 116.15650°W / 36.63750; -116.15650
Length13 mi (21 km) NNW–SSE [2]
Width5 mi (8.0 km)
CountryUnited States
DistrictNye County
Range coordinates36°38′54″N 116°10′21″W / 36.64833°N 116.17250°W / 36.64833; -116.17250
Topo mapUSGS Specter Range NW

The Specter Range is a small mountain range in southeastern Nye County, Nevada.[3]

The southern margin of the range is bounded by the Amargosa Desert with the Funeral Mountains and Death Valley beyond. Yucca Mountain, Jackass Flat and Skull Mountain lie to the northwest and north across Rock Valley. The south boundary of Nevada Test Site lies on the northern slopes of the range. Mercury Valley and the town of Mercury lie to the northeast. The southeast end of the range is separated from the northwest end of the Spring Mountains by a narrow gap near Point of Rocks. U.S. Route 95 from Las Vegas passes between the two ranges and continues on past the southern margin of the Specter Range toward Beatty.[2]

The range was so named on account of its "spectral" appearance.[4]


  1. ^ Specter Range NW, Nevada, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1961
  2. ^ a b Beatty, Nevada–California, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1986
  3. ^ "Specter Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 59.