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Virgin Corral
Virgin Corral
Virgin Peak Road, approaching Virgin Corral (view N)

Overview

Virgin Corral is an historic corral with a water tank and two old trucks. The wooden corral is weathering and the old trucks are rusting, but this site makes for an interesting place to visit and gain a glimpse into the ranching history in this region.

Like so many other places in this area, this corral was built here because a spring provided water that could be captured in a tank and provided to cattle. Since settlement, however, this land has been drying out, and over the decades, most of the little springs have dried up. With the current drought, the effects of drying climate are even more obvious, but it is important to understand that for decades ranchers in the southern deserts have been forced off the land by changing rainfall patterns.

Please tread lightly on this historic site. With climate change, it is unlikely we will ever see the spring come back or the corral rebuilt.

Link to map.

Virgin Corral
Virgin Peak Road at Virgin Corral (view N)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is fairly safe, but watch for broken glass, rusty nails, and stray barbed wire.

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.

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

Virgin Corral
Water tank and pipe that lead to a spring (view N)

Getting to Virgin Corral

Virgin Corral is located out in Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 2.2 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

From town, drive out the paved Gold Butte Road 21 miles to Whitney Pocket, continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road about 100 yards to Arizona Road, on the left.

Turn left onto Arizona Road and drive east 2.3 miles to Virgin Peak Road, on the left. Turn onto Virgin Peak Road and drive north 0.75 miles to the old corral (Table 1, Site 0938). Without a 4WD vehicle, consider not driving past here.

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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
0938 Virgin Peak Road at Virgin Corral 759242 4047996 36.54405 114.10402 4,142 Yes

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