Arriving at Horse Spring Corral (view NE)
Horse Spring Corral is an historic site in southern Gold Butte National Monument near Gold Butte Townsite. Stone walls and wooden fencing remain in fairly good condition, and water flows from the spring providing moisture for riparian vegetation, wildlife, birds, and at some times of year, seemingly billions of honey bees.
This corral is unusual in that it mixes stone and wooden walls, and there is a stone wall that runs some 230 yards up the hillside to cliffs well above the canyon bottom. There is also an old well head and circular watering trough. Maps indicate that the site once included a water tank.
A thicket of trees and large shrubs at the spring include Desert Willow, Catclaw Acacia, Saltcedar, Joshua Trees, Arrowweed, and Mojave Rabbitbrush. There are lots of Narrowleaf Cattail growing in the water.
Link to map.
Horse Spring Corral cattle loading chute (view NE)
Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is fairly safe, but watch for nails in old boards and wire on the ground. Horse Spring Road requires a 2WD-HC vehicle, and drivers might consider walking to the spring when the road drops into the sandy wash.
Honey bees are attracted to the spring during summer, so visitors should be careful. Don't antagonize the bees lest any be Africanized.
This is wild and remote country 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. It is a big place and someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two, or even longer on side roads.
While visiting the 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.
Horse Spring Corral cattle loading chute (view N)
Getting to Horse Spring Corral
Horse Spring 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 15.4 miles to Horse Spring Road (Table 1, Site 1780), an unmarked, minor road on the left. Turning left, Horse Spring Road bends left and merges with Horse Spring Road South (Site 1782) entering from the right.
Staying left, Horse Spring Road runs northeast angling away from Gold Butte Road and following along the base of a rocky ridge. Horse Spring Road passes a side road (Site 1783) to the right, then shortly drops into the sandy Horse Spring Wash.
In the wash, the road continues another 70 yards to Horse Spring (on the right) and then another 70 yards to the corral (on the left). The circular trough is just ahead on the right, and the stone wall can be seen on the hillside to the right.
Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.
||Gold Butte Road at Horse Spring Road North
||Gold Butte Road at Horse Spring Road South
||Horse Spring Roads Fork
||Horse Spring Road at Side Road East
||Horse Spring Corral