Pahrump is an unincorporated town located at the southern end of Nye County, Nevada. It encompasses an area of approximately 365 square miles at an elevation of 2,650 feet. The population as of 2010 is approximately 38,000.
There are several versions of how the valley got its name, but one of the most common credits the Southern Paiute Indians who inhabited the area in the 1700-1800’s. These early inhabitants discovered the numerous artesian wells that provided a seemingly endless source of water and one theory is they called this area “Pah-rimpi”. “Pah”, which meant water, and “rimpi” or “rumpi” for stone. Another possibility is the valley was named for the Parumpaiats band of Paiute Indians from the Moapa Valley area.
The abundance of underground aquifers is an important asset to the Pahrump Valley. Unlike the residents of nearby Las Vegas who get their water from Lake Mead, Pahrump residents enjoy the convenience of getting well water from the aquifer right under their homes.
During the summer, typical daytime highs will reach the low 100’s, with lows in the 60’s typically occurring just before sunrise. Humidity levels in the single digits are common during the warmer months.
Average winter high temperatures are in the 50’s with lows dipping below freezing. A measurable snow fall may occur once or twice each winter during a cold night, but if you don’t look out your window before noon the following day, you may never see it.
Spring and Fall high temperatures can range from 60’s to 90’s with the lows typically in the 40’s and 50’s.
Sunny and clear: 216 days
Partly cloudy : 84 days
Rainy and overcast: 65 days