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Billy Goat Peak Road
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Billy Goat Peak Road
Arizona Road
AZ Road approaching Billy Goat Peak Road (view SE)

Overview

Billy Goat Peak Road runs south from Arizona Road, climbing somewhat steeply 0.36 miles to the end of the road and the Billy Goat Peak trailhead. The road normally is suitable for 2WD high-clearance vehicles, but it is steep and narrow and getting worse over time, and it gets steeper at the very end.

This road provides access to the Billy Goat Peak hike and grand views west across Gold Butte National Monument and east across Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument into northern Arizona.

Link to map.

Arizona Road
Arizona Road at Billy Goat Peak Road (view SE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ... this road is narrow and fairly steep, and it should be safe, but drive slowly onto the end of the road as over-shooting the small parking area would be quite annoying.

This is a wild and remote area 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. Someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two. Cell phones only work along parts of the paved road.

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.

Billy Goat Peak Road
Billy Goat Peak Road (view S)

Getting to Billy Goat Peak Road

Billy Goat Peak Road is located about 2-1/2 hours east of Las Vegas, in the wild, remote, and scenic Gold Butte National Monument south of the town of Mesquite.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Gold Butte National Monument. Drive south 21 miles on the paved Gold Butte Road to Whitney Pocket at the end of the pavement. About 100 yards past the pavement, turn left onto Arizona Road and drive east towards the mountains. Drive 4.3 miles to Whitney Pass (the highest point), then continue down the other side another 0.25 miles to Billy Goat Peak Road, an unsigned road on the right.

Billy Goat Peak Road
Billy Goat Peak Road is washing out (view SE)

The Road

From Arizona Road (Table 1, Site 0969), Billy Goat Peak Road runs south as it climbs towards a ridge ahead on the left. The road is a bit washed out and rocky, but not too bad. Shortly before the end of the road, the road forks.

Staying left, the road runs somewhat steeply to a parking area, but then curves right to cross the sidehill and connect with the right fork (forms a loop of sorts) and continue onto another ridgeline on the right.

Drive slowly onto the second ridgeline (Site 0970) as your hood will block the view of the cliff on the other side of the ridge. Parking at the end of the road is quite limited.

Billy Goat Peak Road
Billy Goat Peak Road (view S)
Billy Goat Peak Road
Approaching the fork in the road (view S)
Billy Goat Peak Road
Staying right is quite steep (view SW)
Billy Goat Peak Road
Arriving at the end of the steep road (view W)
Billy Goat Peak Road
End of the road (view E into Arizona)
Billy Goat Peak Road
End of the road (view SE into Arizona)
Billy Goat Peak Road
End of the road (view W into Gold Butte)
Billy Goat Peak Road
End of the road (view W into Gold Butte, zoom)

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
0480 AZ Rd Billy Goat Peak Rd 762700 4046445 36.52915 114.06596 4,753 GPS
0483 Billy Goat Peak Trailhead 762776 4046079 36.52583 114.06524 4,805 GPS

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