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Old 03-08-2020, 09:07 AM   #1
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Las Vegas to Wells, NV 318 or US 93

Will be heading north next week, and will be going from Las Vegas through Alamo on hwy 93 to Wells NV.

I am debating taking hwy 93 all the way with the extra 45 miles of travel and going through Caliente NV through to Ely and on to Wells.

I have never taken that route before and always took the shortcut by taking NV hwy 318 and avoiding the pass into Caliente.

My reason for favoring the longer route is cell phone coverage if I need it.

Wondering from experienced drivers if that is a wise move? Am I better with the shortcut on 318, or the safer option of staying on 93 through Caliente?
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The pass at Caliente is super easy. No reason to avoid it. Most is 3-4%, small sections of 5-6%. Certainly not a biggie.

We've stayed at Cathedral Gorge State Park - very nice. Ash Springs BLM for boondocking is pretty.

93 is a very pretty drive. 318 has nothing.
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Old 03-08-2020, 02:44 PM   #3
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.... has nothing.
I think that describes every route north out of LV. One quality is the rest stops such as they are. Always plenty of room.

My goal going north is getting to spectacular but I will try your suggestions in April.
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I think that describes every route north out of LV.
I wouldn't go that far! Nevada has many beautiful things to see.
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Old 03-09-2020, 07:49 PM   #5
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I travel 318 often. I have ATT and only lose coverage from just North of Hiko to Lund with a couple spots that pick it up in between. I wouldnt worry about cell coverage as its travelled enough that someone would stop if you were broke down.
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I travel 318 often. I have ATT and only lose coverage from just North of Hiko to Lund with a couple spots that pick it up in between. I wouldnt worry about cell coverage as its travelled enough that someone would stop if you were broke down.
Thanks, good to know there is some coverage. I would just hope that the person stopping to “help” wasn’t recently featured on America’s most Wanted.
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America’s most Wanted.
They are back in Lost Wages.

I think you are actually safer on the road with no cell coverage. Fewer distracted drivers.

Last year I changed two tires. One was on the tow dolly at the corner of Flatbush and Foster and the other on the TOAD on US -730 with no cell coverage. The later was where someone stopped and helped the old guy.

There are a lot of nice people in the world who will stop and help. You should be one of those.
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The highway patrol travels it everyday as well.
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Sketchy coverage in Ely, but free overnight parking beside the casino/hotel.

That's our favourite route up to Twin Falls.

A few miles longer, but Pioche (sp?) Is an interesting stop as well.

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I have great ATT coverage in Ely but the phone thinks it is in Utah as the time jumps ahead an hour.
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I have great ATT coverage in Ely but the phone thinks it is in Utah as the time jumps ahead an hour.
In Indiana the time jumps back 100 years.
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