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Mud Wash Panel
Mud Wash Road approaching Mud Wash Panel (view W)

Overview

The Mud Wash Petroglyph panel lies high on the side of red sandstone cliffs. The panel is not large or extraordinary, but perhaps the most interesting things about it are (1) how did they get up so high, and (2) why did some moron vandal think that shooting at rock art -- twice -- was a good thing to do?

The panel is composed of four parts that depict a variety of images ranging from abstract art (e.g., spirals, wavy lines, dots) to stick figures (e.g., humans, coyotes, and bighorn sheep).

This panel was defaced by a shooter; please respect petroglyph sites and report damages or damaging activities to the BLM.

While not a destination, this is an interesting spot and worth a visit for visitors transiting Mud Wash en route to Little Finland or when driving the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway.

Mud Wash Panel

Location

The Mud Wash Petroglyph panel is located out in Gold Butte National Monument northeast of Lake Mead, about 2.5 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out the paved Gold Butte Road to 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 0.7 miles to Mud Wash Petroglyph panel (Table 1, Site 1656), high on the right.

Link to map.

Mud Wash petroglyph
Main panel, lower right
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Notice bullet holes in main panel
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Mud Wash Road approaching Mud Wash Panel (view N)
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Mud Wash Road at Mud Wash Panel (view N)
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Mud Wash Panel
Oddly placed USGS benchmark at Mud Wash rock art site (view S)
Mud Wash Panel
USGS survey marker (view W)
Mud Wash Petroglyphs
Wall with historic grease marks (view W)
Mud Wash Petroglyphs
Grease marks left by teamsters during mining era (view W)
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Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Site Location Latitude Longitude Easting Northing Elevation Verified
1656 Mud Wash Rd at Petroglyph Site 36.43888 114.19980 751005 4036071 1,962 GPS

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