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Gold Butte Road Campsites
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument
Cattleguard Campsite
Cattle Guard Campsite

Overview

The Gold Butte Road campsites are aligned down the road between Whitney Pocket and Gold Butte Townsite. These primitive campsites provide more privacy than do the more popular campsites in Whitney Pocket, but they are farther out the main road.

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.

Gold Butte Road normally is suitable for 2WD vehicles, and the campsites are large enough to accommodate large trailers and RVs.

Link to map.

Mud Hills Corral Campsite
Mud Hills Corral Campsite

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.

Wellhead Campsite
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite

Getting to the Gold Butte Road Campsites

The Gold Butte Road campsites are located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, 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. From there, continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road.

Gold Butte Road starts out pretty bumpy as if paved in cobblestones, but carefully driven 2WD vehicles should have no problem assuming no washouts.

The first campsite is located on the right, 3.5 miles south of Whitney Pocket (just past a fenceline and old cattle guard gate). The next site is located 8.3 miles out on the left at the end of a short spur road. The third is 9.0 miles out at the intersection of Gold Butte Road and St. Thomas Gap Road. The fourth campsite is located 12.9 miles out, on the left.

Wellhead Campsite
Drill Site Campsite

Gold Butte Road Campsites

These sites provide a nice alternative to the sometimes crowded conditions in the Whitney Pocket camp area. Each site is suitable for a single party (group of camper rigs), so except for traffic on the main road, the sites are isolated and campers have the opportunity to experience the grand expanse of the wild desert.

The Mud Hills Corral Campsite is located at an historic corral. People have vandalized the corral to acquire wood for fires, but please don't damage the corral. This is an item of historic interest, and when it is gone, it will be gone forever.

Gold Butte Road Campsite #1; Cattle Guard Campsite

Located along Gold Butte Road 3.5 miles south of Whitney Pocket, this site is on the right just past a fenceline and old cattle guard gate. The site is large enough for several large camper rigs and provides grand views out across the desert from Tramp Ridge and Mud Wash to the south to Virgin Peak to the north.

Cattleguard Campsite Cattleguard Campsite
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Cattleguard Campsite
Cattle guard Campsite occupied (view W)
Cattleguard Campsite
Cattle guard Campsite vacant (view W)

Gold Butte Road Campsite #2; Mud Hills Corral Campsite

The Mud Hills Corral Campsite is located at the end of a short spur road (link to details).

Mud Hills Corral Campsite Mud Hills Corral Campsite

Gold Butte Road Campsite #3; St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite

Of the campsites along Gold Butte Road, this is the smallest and most open to traffic along the main road. It is big enough for one or two trailers or RVs, and it provides grand views out across the desert. In particular, the black and red Mud Hills really stand out in afternoon light. This site provides a good jumping off point to explore deep into Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument on the border in Arizona (east along St. Thomas Gap Road).

Gold Butte Road Campsites
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite (view S)
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite
Gold Butte Road at St. Thomas Gap Road (view S)
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St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite
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St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite (view NW)
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite
Gold Butte Road at St. Thomas Gap Campsite (view N)
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite
Gold Butte Backcountry Byway sign at edge of campsite (view S)
St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite
More to come ...

Gold Butte Road Campsite #4; Drill Site Campsite

This is the site of an exploratory well drilled, I think, in the 1980's when someone was looking for oil. They didn't find any oil, but the rusting well casing remains. This site is big enough for several large camper rigs and provides grand views north. The view west gives a close-up of the steep, east facing limestone sides of the Tramp Ridge complex.

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Wellhead Campsite
Camper in camp (view E from Gold Butte Road)
Wellhead Campsite
Camper in camp (view N)
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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)
CG-camp Cattle Guard Campsite 753831 4040729 36.48007 114.16678 2,441
MHC-camp Mud Hills Corral Campsite 757407 4034410 36.42222 114.12901 2,372
STG-camp St. Thomas Gap Intersection Campsite 757995 4033499 36.41386 114.12277 2,428
DS-camp Drill Site Campsite 756920 4027455 36.35973 114.13674 2,887

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