There are a handful of communities within twenty miles of Primm. We cover four on our site: Jean, Goodsprings, Mountain Pass, and Nipton.
Read on to learn more about these communities, their amenities, features, and what there is to do, and explore our website for more information.
Jean, which is the next exit north of Primm on I-15, has several reasons to visit. The biggest is the world’s largest Chevron and an incredibly large, interesting convenience store it’s connected to. It’s an impressive site with nearly 100 gas pump bays, lots of cars, and an astonishingly large store.
There is also a gas station for truckers in Jean, a shuttered hotel/casino property, and Jean is also the gateway to Goodsprings, which is seven miles west of Jean, on Highway 161. You can learn more about Jean here.
Goodsprings is a cool, old mining town that may seem like a ghost town, but isn’t. It’s best known for the Pioneer Saloon, which is one of the oldest continuously operated taverns in Nevada.
Goodsprings is up in the foothills of the mountains and has interesting desert terrain. There are several businesses and it has several blocks of housing. There are also nearby hikes where you can view Joshua trees, yucca, creosote scrub, cholla cactus, other desert vegetation, and take in the mountain views.
In the Goodsprings area, you can also explore old mines, nearby shooting ranges, and natural springs. You can learn more about Goodsprings here.
Mountain Pass is fifteen miles south of Primm on I-15. This very small town is largely based off a rare earth minerals mine being present there.
It’s the smallest of the communities featured here on our website and has the least number of attractions for visitors.
Mountain Pass is up higher in the Clark Mountains and has different terrain than the valley floors. Temperatures are cooler and you can enjoy the nearby Joshua Trees and mountain peaks. You can learn more about Mountain Pass here.
Nipton is a town that used to be a draw. Nowadays, not so much but it still has several interesting amenities and features that make it worth a visit.
Nipton is a twenty-five minute drive southeast of Primm. You can visit the general store, grab a bite to eat, have a drink, or stay in the cottages or RV park in this small community, not far from the railroad tracks and the Ivanpah Dry Lake.
You can learn more about Nipton here.
This small community is where many of Primm's children go to school. While it's not the mining town it used to be, it has a variety of businesses with enough water sources to support some agriculture.
Like Primm, nearby mountains tower nearly 5,000 feet above the valley floor. This supports a variety of desert habitats and the Mesquite Area Wilderness is nearby.
You can learn more about Sandy Valley and it's interesting terrain and mining history here.