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Mud Wash Corral
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Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral; double circles are evident in google earth image

Overview

Mud Wash Corral is an unusual double-circular corral that was built long ago by ranchers. Circular corrals are uncommon in general, but this one is two circular corrals linked together by a gate, forming a figure-8 (or as some say, a snowman with a hat; see aerial photo).

The corral has fencing on the southeast end that forms a wide funnel and was used to direct livestock into the larger circular corral. Once inside the larger circular corral, specific livestock could be directed into the smaller circular corral. From there, an inclined loading chute was used to load the livestock onto trucks for shipment to market or other pastures.

While the details of history probably are lost, this corral makes for an interesting stop while visiting Gold Butte National Monument (e.g., driving to Little Finland) or driving the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway.

Link to map.

Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute (view SE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ... this site is pretty safe, but watch for wire that could be a tripping hazard, and watch for rusty nails in 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. Law enforcement no longer patrols the area. 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 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.

Please be careful with the corral. This is the only one like this most of us will ever get to visit.

Mud Wash Corral
Entrance gate (view NW)

Getting to Mud Wash Corral

Mud Wash 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 3.9 miles to Mud Wash North Road on the right. Turn onto Mud Wash North Road and drive southwest 3.2 miles to Mud Wash Road. Stay right onto Mud Wash Road and continue west down the wash for 1.7 miles to Mud Wash Corral (Table 1, Site 1679), on the right.

Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral (view NW from Mud Wash Road)
Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral (view SE from Mud Wash Road)
Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral, north half (view E from Mud Wash Road)
Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral, south half (view E from Mud Wash Road)
Mud Wash Corral
Details of construction
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute (view NE)

Entrance

Mud Wash Corral
Center of entrance, even with chute fences (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Entrance (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Left drift fence
Mud Wash Corral
Right drift fence
Mud Wash Corral
Entrance with gate (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Details of gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Exterior gate (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Exterior gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Exterior gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Exterior gate construction detail
Mud Wash Corral
Exterior gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Exterior gate construction detail

Interior

Mud Wash Corral
Interior larger circle (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior larger circle (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior larger circle, looking into smaller circle (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Details of gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Interior smaller circle (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior smaller circle and gate to loading chute (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Details of gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior rubber conveyor belt used for structural support
Mud Wash Corral
Interior rubber conveyor belt used for structural support
Mud Wash Corral
Rubber belt connectors
Mud Wash Corral
Fence repair
Mud Wash Corral
Smaller circle, looking towards larger circle (view SE)
Mud Wash Corral
Details of gate construction
Mud Wash Corral
Meeting of the circles and gate hinge
Mud Wash Corral
Larger circle (view SE from gate into smaller circle)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior larger circle (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior larger circle (view SE)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior smaller circle (view NW)
Mud Wash Corral
Interior smaller circle (view SE)

Exterior

Mud Wash Corral
Exterior (view E towards main gate)
Mud Wash Corral
Fence repair
Mud Wash Corral
Fence leans outwards
Mud Wash Corral
Cables hold top of fence posts
Mud Wash Corral
Details of cable
Mud Wash Corral
Meeting of the circles
Mud Wash Corral
Smaller circle exterior and loading chute
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute details of construction
Mud Wash Corral
Wooden pegs in fence post
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute and smaller circle
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute details of construction
Mud Wash Corral
Railroad plate couldn't be removed?
Mud Wash Corral
Split railroad ties
Mud Wash Corral
Split railroad ties
Mud Wash Corral
Loading chute (view NE)
Mud Wash Corral
Mud Wash Corral, southwest side (view N)
Mud Wash Corral
Meeting of the circles (view NE)
Mud Wash Corral
Resourceful use of materials to repair break in the wall
Mud Wash Corral
Details of fence construction

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
1679 Mud Wash Rd at Corrals 750001 4036352 36.44166 114.21090 1,923 Yes

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