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Connoly Corral
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Connoly Corral
Connoly Corral
Connoly Corral (view S)

Overview

Connoly Corral is an unusual historic wooden corral in that it was constructed as a narrow triangle rather than using the more common rectangular or round shapes. The corral is weathering and the watering troughs and tanks are rusting away, but this site makes for an interesting place to visit and gain a glimpse into the ranching history in the region.

Like so many others in this area, this corral was built here because a spring provided water that could be piped to cattle. Since settlement, however, this land has been drying out, and over the decades, most of the little springs in the area have dried up. With the current drought, the effects of drying climate are even more obvious, but it is important to understand that for decades ranchers in the southern deserts have been forced off the land by changing rainfall patterns.

Please tread lightly on this historic site. With climate change, it is unlikely we will ever see the spring come back or the corral rebuilt.

Link to map.

Connoly Corral

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is fairly safe, but keep an eye out for wire on the ground that presents a tripping hazard and watch for rusty nails in old boards.

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 hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a very remote hike, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

If you pick up trash, be sure to only pick up new trash. There are lots of bits of old junk lying about, but this is what makes the site interesting.

Connoly Corral

Getting to Connoly Corral

Connoly Corral 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 to Gold Butte National Monument. From Whitney Pocket, continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for 16.5 miles to a fork. Stay left onto Devil's Cove Road and continue south then east 7.7 miles to Connoly Corral Access Road (Table 1, Site 1746), on the right.

Turn onto Connoly Corral Access Road and drive west about 100 yards the corral (Site 1747).

Arriving at Connoly Corral

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Devil's Cove Road at Connoly Corral North Access Road (view S)
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Connoly Corral North Access Road (view W from Devil's Cove Road)
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Devil's Cove Road at Connoly Corral South Access Road (view S)
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Connoly Corral South Access Road (view W from Devil's Cove Road)
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Connoly Corral South Access Road (view W)
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Connoly Corral South Access Road (view W)
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Connoly Corral South Access Road (view W)
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Connoly Corral South Access Road (view W)
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Connoly Corral parking area (view E)
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Connoly Corral parking area (view SE)

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Hiking to Connoly Spring

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From the corral, the route continues west towards green bushes
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Blue Diamond Cholla at Connoly Spring (view NW)
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Route runs through old wire gate (view W)
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Green shrubs in the spring area (view W)
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The route wades through the dense shrubs (view W)
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Connoly Spring (dry) below rocky outcrop (view SW)
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Returning down the canyon from Connoly Corral (view E)
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Returning down the canyon from Connoly Corral (view SE)

Exiting Connoly Corral Northbound

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Departing Connoly Corral parking area (view E)
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Fork in Connoly Corral Access Road (view SE)
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Exiting Connoly Corral North Access Road (view NE)
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Connoly Corral North Access Road at Gold Butte Road (view NE)

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
1746 Devils Cove Rd at Connoly Corral So. Rd 760286 4014275 36.24014 114.10367 3,342 Yes
1747 Connoly Corral 760217 4014327 36.24063 114.10442 3,339 Yes

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