Cedar Pipeline Ranch


Cedar Pipeline Ranch is located about 22 miles northwest of Rachel. At this spot, just south of Reveille Peak, three large valleys connect: Kawich Valley in the south, Reveille Valley in the northwest and Railroad Valley in the northeast. A natural spring gives life to a group of trees, and makes this an excellent location for a ranch. There is even enough water here to form a couple of small ponds.

The ranch belongs to the Fallini family, who owns the grazing rights in Railroad Valley. The Fallinis operate a large ranch further north at Twin Springs, near the intersection of Hwy 375 and US-6.

Despite its excellent location Cedar Pipeline Ranch has been abandoned. Except for this "oasis" the surrounding desert is very dry, and fenced off on two sides by the restricted Nellis Range complex, limiting the available grazing land for the cattle. Nuclear fallout from the nearby Nevada Test Site may also be a reason. The NTS is where in the 1950's and 60's lots of surface nuclear tests took place, with little or no precautions to prevent the radioactive dust from spreading.

Most of the about half dozen wooden buildings are in pretty good condition, and are worth exploring if you are interested in ghost settlements. If you do so, please watch your step. The water and the shade from the trees still attract many cows, and even if you don't run into any you will encounter clear evidence of their frequent presence here.

There is a dirt road leading north from the ranch. It leads through Reveille Valley and after about 36 miles meets back with the E.T. Highway near Warm Springs. It is an interesting alternate route, but rough in parts and requires a 4WD vehicle.

Directions

From the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel turn left onto Hwy 375 north. Follow it for about 15.4 miles. Then turn left on Cedar Road, heading west. Follow the paved road for 8.2 miles, and Cedar Pipeline Ranch will be on your left. Suitable for all cars.
For the curious: If you continue on Cedar Road for another 5.1 miles you get to one of the gates of the Nellis Range complex, a huge restricted military complex north of Las Vegas.

GPS Coordinates

Rachel (Little A'Le'Inn)  N 37° 38.801'  W115° 44.760'
Nye/Lincoln County Line  N37° 43.329'  W115° 53.671'
Queen City Summit  N37° 45.129'  W115° 56.733'
Cedar Road / Hwy 375  N37° 45.959'  W115° 58.882'
Cedar Pipeline Ranch  N37° 45.200'  W116° 07.717'
Cedar Gate  N37° 44.567'  W116° 13.245'

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Cedar Pipeline Ranch, and the paved Cedar Road. The spring usually attracts some cows that sometimes sit in the middle of the road. There are about six buildings, a corral and a group of trees that later in the year give the ranch a rare touch of green in the otherwise very dry desert. Photo taken in April 2002.

This photo, taken in June 1999, shows that thanks to the nearby spring there is actually some green here, and even a group of trees. A rare sight in the valley, and welcome shade for the cattle.

Most of the buildings are in pretty good condition, although no longer used. Photo by Koji Kamino 10/27/2000, with friendly permission.


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