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Mud Wash North Road - Southbound
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Mud Wash North Road
Mud Wash North Road
Gold Butte Road approaching Mud Wash North Road (view S)

Alert (10 September 2017): The road flash flooded this summer, but it is passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle.

Overview

Mud Wash North Road is located out in Gold Butte, northeast of Las Vegas. This road runs 3 miles from Gold Butte Road southwest to Mud Wash Road, traversing spectacular country along the way. This road connects with the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway, providing a shortcut to Little Finland, Red Rock Springs and Hartman Tank, the Red Bluff Spring area, and the Lime Canyon Wilderness Area.

The road is mostly gravel and passable in 2WD high-clearance vehicles (assuming dry conditions), but it would be safer to have a 4WD because in a gravel wash, you just never know when a bit of deep gravel is going to suck you down. A few spots are rocky. For views of the road in the north-bound direction, see Mud Wash North Road - North Bound.

Link to Road Map.

Mud Wash North Road
Gold Butte Road at Mud Wash North Road road sign (view S)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about 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 main roads, but be prepared to survive alone for a day, or even two or more days if you get off the main roads.

While out, 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.

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Mud Wash North Road (view W from Gold Butte Road)

Getting to Mud Wash North Road

Mud Wash North Road is located out in Gold Butte northeast of Lake Mead, about 2-1/4 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Whitney Pocket at the end of the paved Gold Butte Road. Continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for 3.9 miles to a signed intersection with Mud Wash North Road, on the right. A spur road to nowhere turns left at this point and heads up a sandy wash, but Mud Wash North Road turns right and runs down the wash.

See also the Gold Butte Area overview map.

Mud Wash North Road
Note that "Limited Use Area" signs don't last long

The Road

From the unpaved Gold Butte Road (Table 1, Site 1649), Mud Wash North Road runs southwest down a well-vegetated (Mojave Desert Scrub) wash, which is followed all the way to a confluence with Mud Wash, proper (Site 1676). There are minor side roads, but most drivers will not see them.

At the confluence, Mud Wash North Road ends where it intersects Mud Wash Road. At the intersection, drivers can turn left towards Devil's Throat and unpaved Gold Butte Road; or turn right and head downstream on the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway towards Little Finland, Red Bluff Springs, and a number of other driving and hiking adventures.

Mud Wash North Road runs down a wash, also across open flats, down narrow canyons, and around tight corners. Little of the road is straight, so even though the road surface is pretty good, this road is a driving adventure with rocks in a few spots to keep drivers alert.

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Don't be that guy who drives past restoration signs (view W)
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Mud Wash North Road (view S)
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Badger burrow under bush at edge of wash (view S)
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Mud Wash North Road (view SSW)
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Cutoff to Mud Wash Road, eastbound (view SSW)
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Approaching Mud Wash Road, westbound (view SW)
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Merging into Mud Wash Road, westbound (view SW)

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

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1649 Gold Butte Rd at Mud Wash North Rd 36.47546 114.16339 2,388 0.00 0.00 Yes
1676 Mud Wash Rd at Mud Wash North Rd 36.44311 114.18815 2,090 3.16 3.16 Yes

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