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Mud Hills Corral
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Mud Hills Corral
Gold Butte Road approaching Mud Hills Corral Road (view SE)

Overview

Mud Hills Corral (not to be confused with Mud Wash Corral), sitting on the banks of Upper Mud Wash below the scenic Mud Hills, is an historic corral built by ranchers long ago. The wooden corral is weathering, but this site makes for an interesting place to visit and gain a glimpse into the ranching history in our region. This site also makes for a nice, isolated and quiet campsite that is big enough to turn around a trailer. Bring your own firewood; don't burn the corral fencing.

This land has been drying out since before settlement times and the ranchers are moving north, so please tread lightly on this historic site. With the climate changing, it is unlikely we will ever see this corral rebuilt.

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

Link to map.

Mud Hills Corral
Mud Hills Corral Road (view E)

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 could present a tripping hazard, and of course, watch for rusty nails in the old boards.

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 your vehicle.

Mud Hills Corral
Mud Hills Corral and campsite (view NE)

Getting to Mud Hills Corral

Mud Hills Corral is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 2.5 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. At about 7.2 miles from the pavement, Gold Butte Road passes a signed intersection with Mud Wash Road. Continue on Gold Butte Road for another 1.1 miles to Mud Hills Corral Road (Table 1, Site 0074), on the left.

Turn left onto Mud Hills Corral Access Road and drive east about 50 yards to the corral (Site 0075).

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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
1694 Gold Butte Rd at Mud Hills Corral Rd 757352 4034387 36.42203 114.12963 2,379 Yes
1695 Mud Hills Corral 757415 4034416 36.42227 114.12893 2,379 Yes

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