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Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsites
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Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
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Overview

The Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsites are a set of fairly popular undeveloped campsites on desert flats overlooking the Virgin River Valley. Note, however, that while these sites are on public lands, they are not inside Gold Butte National Monument.

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 with dumpsters a couple of miles west on Interstate-15 where campers can leave camping trash without hauling it back to Las Vegas.

The campsite nearest the pavement is suitable for several large trailers and RVs, but only for one party. The other campsites are smaller and the road is a bit rough getting there.

Link to map.

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite #2

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 only work along parts of the paved road.

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.

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
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Getting to the Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsites

The Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsites are located out near Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, most of 2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

From town, drive out to Gold Butte National Monument. Drive east on Interstate-15 to Highway 170. Take Exit 112 towards Riverside and Bunkerville. Drive south and cross the Virgin River, then quickly turn right onto the paved Gold Butte Road.

Follow the pavement for 7.6 miles to the unmarked Virgin River Overlook Road (Table 1, Site 1772) to the right (this is 0.3 miles past a washed out section of asphalt). This road leads west passing four primitive campsites in about 0.3 miles, with more farther out.

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite #4

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsites

These campsites sit on desert flats with views overlooking the Virgin River Valley. In a couple of places, the river is visible, but as if an afterthought. Looking in the other direction, Virgin Peak and Little Virgin Peak entice visitors to travel deeper into Gold Butte National Monument.

These campsites are good for people arriving late who don't want to drive all the way to Whitney Pocket in the dark (black cows on the black road in the black of night are a hazard). For people who don't want to haul their camper rig all the way out the rough Gold Butte Road, this is good place to park and take lighter vehicles the rest of the way in, but this isn't a good base of operations for off-road vehicle trips.

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite #1

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #1 (view N from VR Overlook Road)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #1; lots of space for camper rigs (view W)
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Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite #2

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #2 (view N from VR Overlook Road)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #2 (view NE from VR Overlook Road)
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Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite #3

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #3 (view N from near VR Overlook Road)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #3 (view NW)
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Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #3 with space for parking (view NE)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #3 (view N towards the Virgin River)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #3 (view W towards the Virgin River)
Campsite #3 (view N towards the Virgin River)
more to come ...

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite #4

Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #4 (view W from near VR Overlook Road)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #4 at night (view E)
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Campsite #4 (view SW from edge of bluff)
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Campsite #4 at night (view E along edge of bluff)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #4; extra parking across VR Overlook Road (view N)
Virgin River Valley Overlook Campsite
Campsite #4 (view W along edge of bluff)

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)
1772 Gold Butte Road at Virgin River Overlook Road 742738 4060150 36.65784 114.28436 1,661
VRO-camp#1 Virgin River Overlook Camp #1 742666 4060163 742666 4060163 1,584
VRO-camp#2 Virgin River Overlook Camp #2 742551 4060223 742551 4060223 1,575
VRO-camp#3 Virgin River Overlook Camp #3 742445 4060302 742445 4060302 1,570
VRO-camp#4 Virgin River Overlook Camp #4 742274 4060242 742274 4060242 1,546

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