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Mud Hills Corral Campsite
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Mud Hills Corral Campsite

Overview

There are several campsites along Gold Butte 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

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.

Mud Hills Corral Campsite

Getting to the Gold Butte Road Campsites

The Mud Hills Corral Campsite is 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.

Mud Hills Corral Campsite is located 8.3 miles past Whitney Pocket on the left at the end of a short spur road.

Mud Hills Corral Campsite

Mud Hills Corral Campsite

The Mud Hills Corral Campsite is located at the end of a short spur road, so it is somewhat isolated from the main road. This is the site of an historic corral. Vandals have torn apart parts of the corral, perhaps to acquire wood for campfires. Please enjoy this site and consider the history, but don't damage the corral. This is an item of historic interest, and when it is gone, it will be gone forever.

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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)
MHC-camp Mud Hills Corral Campsite 757407 4034410 36.42222 114.12901 2,372

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