Three Lakes Valley (Nevada)

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Three Lakes Valley
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Three Lakes Valley, Dog Bone Lake
from Desert View, Spring Mountains
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Three Lakes Valley
Three Lakes Valley, Dog Bone Lake
in Nevada
Length 25 mi (40 km)
Width 8 mi (13 km)
Location Indian Springs, Nevada
Borders on Pintwater Range-W
East Desert Range-NE
Desert Range-SE
Las Vegas Valley-S & SW
Spring Mountains-S & SW
Coordinates 36°52′48″N115°26′52″W / 36.8801367°N 115.4476833°W / 36.8801367; -115.4476833 Coordinates: 36°52′48″N115°26′52″W / 36.8801367°N 115.4476833°W / 36.8801367; -115.4476833

Three Lakes Valley is a 25-mile (40 km) long, [1] partially endorheic valley in southwest Lincoln County and northwest Clark County, Nevada. The southwest of the valley has a narrowing with washes that flow south into the watershed of the Las Vegas Valley, a tributary[ specify ] to Lake Mead Colorado River watersheds.[ citation needed ]

Lincoln County, Nevada County in the United States

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,345. Its county seat is Pioche.

Clark County, Nevada County in the United States

Clark County is located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 1,951,269, with an estimated population of 2,204,079 in 2017. It is by far the most populous county in Nevada, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the state's residents–thus making Nevada one of the most centralized states in the nation.

Nevada State of the United States of America

Nevada is a state in the Western United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 32nd most populous, but the 9th least densely populated of the U.S. states. Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area where three of the state's four largest incorporated cities are located. Nevada's capital, however, is Carson City.


Three Lakes Valley is short, only about 25 mi long, mostly north-south trending. The valley exits southwestwards between the foothills of perimeter mountains.

The bordering mountain ranges are the Pintwater Range, arc-shaped and north-south trending, on the west. The eastern borders of the valley are mostly the East Desert Range in the east and northeast; in the extreme southeast lies the northern areas of the Desert Range, where washes exit on the west to flow into the northwest-by-southeast Las Vegas Valley.

Mountain range A geographic area containing several geologically related mountains

A mountain range or hill range is a series of mountains or hills ranged in a line and connected by high ground. A mountain system or mountain belt is a group of mountain ranges with similarity in form, structure, and alignment that have arisen from the same cause, usually an orogeny. Mountain ranges are formed by a variety of geological processes, but most of the significant ones on Earth are the result of plate tectonics. Mountain ranges are also found on many planetary mass objects in the Solar System and are likely a feature of most terrestrial planets.

Pintwater Range

The Pintwater Range is a mountain range in Churchill and Lincoln counties, in the U.S. state of Nevada.

East Desert Range

The East Desert Range is a mountain range in Lincoln County, Nevada.

The Dog Bone Lake lakebed comprises about half the valley. Short washes mark the east and west valley perimeter; a longer string of washes extend northwest into a narrowing watershed source, between the convergence of the northern Pintwater Range and the northwest of the East Desert Range.

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  1. Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, c. 2010, p. 66-67.