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Arizona Road Campsites
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument
Arizona Road Campsites
Arizona Road Campsites
Arizona Road at Toe-of-the-Ridge Campsite (view E)

Overview

The Arizona Road campsites are just east and uphill from the Whitney Pocket area, a popular undeveloped camping and picnic area way out in the desert. The Arizona Road campsites provide more privacy and can be a bit cooler because they are at higher elevations.

There is no water, and there are no toilets, no trash cans, and no picnic tables. Bring what you need and take it home when you leave. There is truck parking a couple of miles west on Interstate-15 where campers can dump trash without taking it back to Las Vegas.

Beyond Whitney Pocket, three campsites are scattered Arizona Road. The first two campsite are suitable for large trailers and RVs, but the remaining site is smaller and better suited for smaller vehicles. A fourth campsite, located at the end of Quail Spring Road, is better suited for jeeps and pickups and 4WD is handy.

Link to map.

Arizona Road
Quail Point Road (view W towards Arizona Road)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this is a wild and remote area without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. Someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two. Cell phones don't work in this area.

While visiting Gold Butte National Monument, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a remote area, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials, even if you leave them in the car.

Be sure to bring trash bags to clean up after people who care less about wild places than you do.

Arizona Road Campsites
Entrance to Whitney Pass Campsite (view S from Arizona Rd)

Getting to Arizona Road Campsites

The Arizona Road campsites are located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Gold Butte National Monument. Drive south on the paved Gold Butte Road for 21 miles to Whitney Pocket. The unpaved Gold Butte Road continues south, and in only 100 yards, Arizona Road forks off to the left heading east and uphill alongside red-and-white sandstone crags.

Drive east, uphill, through the Whitney Pocket area. The first campsite is located 1.1 miles east of Gold Butte Road where the road passes the toe of a ridge, the turnoff to the second is at the base of the mountains at 2.0 miles out, and the last is up in the mountains at 4.2 miles out.

Arizona Road Campsites
Sunset from Whitney Pass Campsite (view W)

Arizona Road Campsites

The first two sites provide a nice alternative to the sometimes crowed conditions in the Whitney Pocket camp area, and the third is up in the mountains at about 5,000-ft elevation where snow sticks in the winter and summer temperatures are considerably cooler.

For the more adventuresome, consider driving 1.6 miles out Quail Point Road and camping at the end of the road. There is an historic water trailer out there, but nothing else except Joshua trees, birds, and coyotes.

Arizona Road Campsite #1; Toe-of-the-Ridge Campsite

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Arizona Road Campsite #2; Quail Point Campsite

Arizona Road Campsites
Arizona Road at Quail Point Road (view E)
Arizona Road
Quail Point Road (view S from Arizona Road)
Arizona Road Campsite
Quail Point Campsite (view N)
Arizona Road Campsite
Quail Point Campsite (view NW)
Arizona Road Campsite
(view NW)
Arizona Road Campsite (view N)
Arizona Road Campsite
Quail Point Campsite (view W)
Arizona Road Campsites
Secluded jeep campsite at end of Quail Point Road (view N)

Arizona Road Campsite #3; Whitney Pass Campsite

Arizona Road Campsites
Arizona Road at Whitney Pass Campsite turnoff (view E)
Arizona Road Campsites
Entrance to Whitney Pass Campsite (view S from Arizona Rd)
Arizona Road
Whitney Pass Campsite (view SW)
Arizona Road
Whitney Pass Campsite (view W)
Arizona Road
Whitney Pass Campsite (view W)
Arizona Road
Whitney Pass Campsite (view N)
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Whitney Pass Campsite (view W)
Arizona Road
Whitney Pass Campsite (view S)
Arizona Road Campsites
Historic circular watering trough at Whitney Pass Camp (view W)
Arizona Road Campsites
Sunset from Whitney Pass Campsite (view W)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft)
0462 Gold Butte Rd at Arizona Road 756161 4045602 36.52333 114.13919 3,013
AZ_Rd_Camp-1 Arizona Road Campsite #1 757890 4045722 36.52394 114.11986 3,386
AZ_Rd_Camp-2 Arizona Road Campiest #2 759291 4046348 36.52920 114.10402 3,717
AZ_Rd_Camp-3 Arizona Road Campiest #3 762161 4046736 36.53192 114.07187 4,843
QP-Jeep-camp Quail Point Road Jeep Campsite 760885 4045139 36.51789 114.08665 3,808

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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