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Maynard Spring
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Maynard Spring
Maynard SpringSycamore Tree at Maynard Spring at sunset (view NW)

Overview

Maynard Spring is located out at the far south end of Gold Butte National Monument, about 6 miles west of Gold Butte Townsite out towards the Overton Arm of Lake Mead.

This historic spring area was developed by ranchers years ago, and water from the spring still flows to an old watering trough. The location of the springbox is lost to history, but water still fills a small metal watering trough set inside a much larger concrete watering trough. Spring water supports an American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and a few Honey Mesquite with some Mesquite Mistletoe, which feeds Phainopepla (a bird species of concern in Nevada that eats mistletoe berries [note: poisonous to humans]). Feral burros use the water too.

The American Sycamore is not the native species here, so somebody, long ago, brought this tree from eastern North American and planted it here. This point of interest makes for a place to stop while driving the Catclaw Wash area and to contemplate the lives of people who once worked these hills and planted the tree.

Link to map.

Maynard Spring
Small metal trough set inside a larger concrete trough (view NW)

Getting to Maynard Spring

Maynard Spring is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 4 hours northeast of Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, drive out Gold Butte Road 21 miles to Whitney Pocket at the end of the pavement. Continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road 20 miles to Gold Butte Townsite. From the townsite, the main road that continues straight (southwest) is Scanlon Road. Drive south on Scanlon Road 2.7 miles to Quail Wash South Road (Table 1, Site 1796), on the right.

Drive west on Quail Wash South Road for 1.5 miles to a 4-way intersection (Site 1797). Stay left on Quail Wash South Road for another 0.8 miles (2.3 miles total) to Quail Wash Crossover Road (Site 1799) and stay right, crossing over 50 feet to Quail Wash Road (Site 1800). Drive west on Quail Wash Road for 1.0 miles to Mockingbird Corral (Site 1802). Just before arriving at the loading chute, Maynard Spring Road cuts left to head southwest. At about 0.26 miles out, the road forks. Staying left (the right dead ends for no apparent reason), the road runs southwest down a wash, then cuts hard right just before a big tree and climbs a bit steeply to the west. The road climbs onto a low ridge and the American Sycamore at Maynard Spring becomes visible over the edge to the right (0.7 miles out). Maynard Spring Road continues another 0.2 miles and dead ends.

Maynard Spring
Possibly an old watering trough, now in the parking area (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Possibly an old watering trough, now in the parking area (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Trail down to the spring during afternoon (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Trail down to the spring at sunset (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Approaching Maynard Spring
Maynard Spring
Approaching Maynard Spring
Maynard Spring
Small metal trough set inside a larger concrete trough (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Metal watering trough (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Water and sycamore leaves in the metal trough (view down)
Maynard Spring
Water seeping to the surface with burro prints in the mud (view N)
Maynard Spring
American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Maynard Spring
American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Maynard Spring
Fenceline above Maynard Spring (view N)
Maynard Spring
Fenceline above Maynard Spring (view S)
Maynard Spring
Maynard Spring gate (view NW)
Maynard Spring
Maynard Spring gate with burro inside the fenced area (view NW)

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)
1796 Scanlon Road at Quail Wash South Road 748246 4016211 36.26075 114.23688 3,156
1797 Quail Wash Road at Quail Wash South Road 745998 4016253 36.26170 114.26187 3,100
1799 Quail Wash South Road at Connector Road 744711 4015962 36.25941 114.27626 2,747
1800 Quail Wash Road at Connector Road 744685 4015989 36.25966 114.27655 2,761
1801 Quail Wash Road at Maynard Spring Road 743212 4016269 36.26256 114.29284 2,569
1804 Maynard Spring Road at Spur Road 742808 4016263 36.26261 114.29733 2,548
1805 Maynard Spring 742168 4016020 36.26057 114.30453 2,608
1806 Maynard Spring Road Ends 742042 4015762 36.25829 114.30601 2,388

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