back of whitney pockets

Whitney Pockets is named after G. Luke Whitney and G. Fenton Whitney. They purchased the Whitney/Nay Ranch in about 1910. They built two little catch dams in the rocks to hold water and it was used to provide water to their livestock and horses as they traveled to and from St. Thomas, NV.

During the depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the big dam down from the little ones. This dam doesn’t hold water. It is not that the dam leaks, but the rock is sandstone and the water seeps around the dam.

Directions from Aravada Springs

The back side of Whitney Pockets is 5.4 miles, or 21 minutes from Aravada Springs. To get there, you head northwest on Pakoon Springs Rd toward Whitney Pass Rd which is 0.5 miles. Then continue onto Whitney Pass Rd for another 2.7 miles and take a slight right onto Black Rock Mountain Rd/Virgin Peak Rd and go another 1.0 miles. Turn left and go 1.2 miles where you will arrive at the back side of Whitney Pockets.

GPS location 36° 32' 45.90" N, 114° 7' 30.54" W

We’ve GPS mapped some of the amazing sites you can visit from the ranch. We used Gaia (which is a $15 app), but if you visit Gaia links to the right of the pictures you can download the GPS files and use them with any GPS app of your liking.