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Devil's Throat Road
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Devil's Throat Road
Devils Throat
Mud Wash Road at Devil's Throat Road (view SW)

Overview

Devil's Throat Road is a spur road off Mud Wash Road that consists of two distinct parts. First, the well-used road runs a short distance out to Devil's Throat parking area. Second, the road continues south into the desert where it becomes less and less used until it is barely a track and ends, for no apparent reason, in the middle of the bajada at a turn-about used for a campsite.

Link to map.

Devil's Throat Road
Start of Devil's Throat Road; most is a fine road (view SW)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this is a safe road without an unusual hazards. The road normally is suitable for 2WD vehicles out to Devil's Throat, but beyond there, it requires a 2WD-HC vehicle, but use your own good judgement.

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. Cell phones don't work here.

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 hike, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work.

Devil's Throat Road
Devil's Throat Road; some parts are a bit rocky (view SW)

Getting to the Road

Devil's Throat Road 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 the paved Gold Butte Road to Whitney Pocket where the pavement ends. Continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for 7.25 miles to Mud Wash Road, a signed turnoff to Devil's Throat and Red Bluff Spring.

Turn right onto Mud Wash Road and drive southwest for 0.3 miles to a fork in the road. Mud Wash Road continues right, while Devil's Throat Road forks off to the left.

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Devil's Throat Road at connector to Mud Wash Road (view SW)

The Road

From Mud Wash Road (Table 1, Site 1671), Devil's Throat Road forks left and continues southwest. At about 0.1 miles out, a side road to the right runs north to reconnect with Mud Wash Road (Site 1673). Bending a bit left, Devil's Throat Road forks. Stay right at the fork as this is the start of the parking area loop.

The road then quickly enters Devil's Throat parking area (Site 1672). The parking area is set off with post and cable fencing, and a gap in the fence provides access to Devil's Throat, proper. A chain-link fence surrounds the sink hole, but the edge isn't safe -- even some of the fence has fallen into the sink hole.

Devil's Throat Road continues out the far side of the parking area heading south. The road is little used, and few drivers venture the full 0.9 miles to the turn-about at the end of the road (Site 1752), but it would make a quiet campsite with great sunrises and sunsets.

Devil's Throat Road
Devil's Throat Road splits at entrance to parking area (view SW)
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Entrance and exit from Devil's Throat parking area (view SW)
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Devil's Throat parking area (view S)
Devil's ThroatDevil's Throat Trailhead (view S)

Exiting Devil's Throat Area to Mud Wash Road

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Devil's Throat Rd approaching connector to Mud Wash Rd (view NE)
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Devil's Throat Rd at connector to Mud Wash Rd, westbound (view NE)
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Devil's Throat Road approaching Mud Wash Road (view NE)
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Devil's Throat Road at Mud Wash Road, eastbound (view NE)

Devil's Throat Camp Road

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Approaching south exit from the parking area (view SE)
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Exiting Devil's Throat parking area (view S)
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Just beyond Devil's Throat, the road gets some use (view S)
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Before long, little use (view S)
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Then even less use
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Faint road
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Campsite at the end of the road (view S)
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Campsite at the end of the road (view E)
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Campsite at the end of the road (view N)
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Campsite at the end of the road (view W)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1671 Mud Wash Rd at Devils Throat Rd 36.42923 114.14664 2,289 0.00 0.00 Yes
1672 Devils Throat Trailhead Parking 36.42774 114.14819 2,287 0.16 0.16 Yes
1673 Mud Wash Rd at Devils Throat Alt Rd 36.42959 114.14836 2,263 . . Yes
1752 Devils Throat Rd End 36.41512 114.14644 2,457 0.95 1.11 Yes

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