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Voight Well Campsites
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument
Voight Well Campsites
Gibbs Camp c. 1905: a long history of camping at Voight Well

Overview

The Voight Well Campsites, part of the Gold Butte Townsite area, are fairly popular undeveloped campsites way out in the desert nestled up against the granite-boulder strewn Gold Butte Peak, which was the original center of mining activity in the region with a town of some 2,000 souls back around 1905.

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.

Several campsites are scattered around the area. The main campsite, suitable for several large trailers and RVs, is located on open flats. The remaining sites are smaller and arranged along the various roads.

This is an interesting place to visit and commune with the history and scenery of this wild and rugged region.

Link to map.

Voight Well Campsites
Campsite in open flats

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 the camp area.

While visiting the Townsite area, 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.

Voight Well Campsites
Cowboys camping a bit farther back

Getting to the Gold Butte Townsite Area

Gold Butte Townsite is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 3 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

From town, drive out the paved Gold Butte Road for 21 miles to Whitney Pocket where the pavement ends. Continue south on the scenic unpaved Gold Butte Road for 19.8 miles to a cattle guard that marks entry into the to Townsite area.

Continuing 20 yards past the cattle guard, Voight Well Road (Table 1, 1650), on the left, leads into the Voight Well area. Voight Well is the east end of the Gold Butte Townsite area. Gold Butte Peak Road leads farther back into the Voight Well Area.

Voight Well Campsites
Campsite tucked into the rocks

Gold Butte Townsite Camps

Located on the flats below Gold Butte Peak, the Voight Well camps provide grand views out across the desert. From the main open area, sunset views are big and grand, while from the other sites, sunset brings relief from afternoon heat as the sun sinks into the rocky outcrops and ridges.

This area also is a good kick-off point for ATVs following some of the 500 miles of open road in Gold Butte National Monument. Rough roads run throughout the townsite area and lead west and south, looping into Cedar Basin.

There is a fair bit of historic mining equipment scattered around the Gold Butte Townsite area. These items, even the large ones, seem to be disappearing, so be careful with what you clean up and don't remove items of historic interest.

GB Townsite Campsite #1

Open flats along the entrance road.

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Plenty of room for camper rigs and toy trailers (view W)
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Big sky for grand sunsets (view W)

GB Townsite Campsite #2

Back along Gold Butte Peak Road, several flat spots are suitable for trailers and RVs

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GB Townsite Campsite #3

Farther up along Gold Butte Peak Road, this is a nice spots suitable for trailers, but perhaps better left to the pickup and tent campers.

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Evening in camp (view S to Gold Butte Peak)
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Evening in camp (view S to Gold Butte Peak)
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Sunset in camp (view W)
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Sunset in camp (view W)
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Night in camp (view E)
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Night in camp (view E)
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Midnight stars in camp (view up)
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Midnight stars in camp (view up)
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Dawn in camp (view E)
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Wild dawn colors in camp (view E)
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Wild dawn colors in camp (view E)
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Afternoon in camp (view NE)
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Sunset at Voight Well (view W)
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Sunset at Voight Well (view E)
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Sunset at Voight Well (view W)
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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) Verified
1648 Gold Butte Rd at Gold Butte Townsite Rd East 751531 4018569 36.28113 114.19960 3,727 Yes
1650 Gold Butte Rd at Voight Well Rd E 752023 4019023 36.28510 114.19398 3,755 Yes
1704 Scanlon Rd at Mill Site Rd East 750767 4017873 36.27507 114.20832 3,694 Yes
VW_Camp-1 Voight Well Campsite #1 752031 4018875 36.28376 114.19394 3,766 Yes
VW_Camp-2 Voight Well Campsite #2 752089 4018826 36.28331 114.19330 3,783 Yes
VW_Camp-3 Voight Well Campsite #3 752258 4018835 36.28334 114.19143 3,829 Yes

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