Christmas Tree Pass can be accessed from Nevada Highway 95 on the west side of the mountain and hwy 163 on the east is is 15 miles end to end.
The area is maintained by both BLM and the NPS. Most people visit the NPS side which runs from 163 to the center of the mountain ridge.
While the signs say 4x4 recommended, any car can make it. You just may have to go slow in some spots due to washboard surface at some spots.
The Petroglyphs are along this road about 2 miles in from 163. A short road to the left will bring you to the parking lot.
There are no "official" trails to hike; you may go where you want at your own risk...on FOOT. Since it is a Federally protected wilderness area, you MUST NOT drive off of the approved roadway. There are a few spots to pull off the road and wander around.
Hunting is allowed so don't freak out if you hear shooting. It is mostly in the winter and doesn't occur that often. Most hunters are gone before visitors arrive anyway.
Some of the wild life you'll see are mostly birds and lizards. Dove, quail, chucker are common. You may get lucky and see a coyote wander past. If you get REALLY lucky, you may see a big horn. Look long the hills and focus on the skyline where the hills meet the air. Thats the best way to see them if they are on the hill - otherwise, they blend in VERY good by not moving.
The "Christmas Trees" are on the BLM side. (West of the middle ridge). These are usually decorated Junipers, mesquites, and various cedars that locals throw decorations on (although they are not supposed to - don't get caught by the Rangers...you could be cited)
If you decide to get out and hike, bring the appropriate gear or clothing. The desert floor is littered with cactus remains and will easily go through many shoes. If you are visiting in the summer BRING WATER! And not just a 20oz bottle. Bring one to two gallons for each person. Even if you don't leave the car you may break down and not see anyone for hours. It takes the Rangers sometimes an hour or more to respond if they are coming from other areas.
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