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Gold Butte Road -- Unpaved Section, Northbound
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte
Gold Butte Road
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Scanlon Road, approaching start of Gold Butte Road (view NE)

Overview

Gold Butte Road, northbound, is a 20-mile dirt road that runs from Gold Butte Townsite to Highway 170 and serves as the main exit from this wild and rugged region.

The relatively well maintained road runs through spectacular country and leads to places such as Little Finland, Devil's Throat, a variety of primitive campsites, Whitney Pocket, and a whole lot of grand scenery, plus it is part of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway.

The road is described in detail, including a map, from north to south (paved section, unpaved section), but here photos are presented for the dirt-road part of the return, south to north, from Gold Butte Townsite to Whitney Pocket.

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Sign at junction of Scanlon, Red Bluff Spring, Gold Butte roads
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Scanlon Road at start of Gold Butte Road (view NE)
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Scanlon Road at Gold Butte Townsite Road West (view E)
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Sign: Respect, Protect, and Enjoy Your Desert (view SE)
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Scanlon Road at Red Bluff Spring Road (view NE)
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Red Bluff Spring Road (view NW from Gold Butte Road; early spring)
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Sign: Tramp and Fork Fire, 2005, 71,131 acres
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Gold Butte Road at Gold Butte Townsite Road East (view SW)
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Gold Butte Backcountry Byway sign (view NE)

Mounds of dirt (view NW from Gold Butte Road)

Mounds of dirt; prospects? (view NW from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road at granitic rockpiles (view NE)

Gold Butte Road at Voight Well Road West (view NE)
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Voight Well Road West (view E from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)

Gold Butte Road at Voight Well East access road (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road approaching cattle guard (view NE)

Gold Butte Road at cattle guard (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road at Blackjack Mine Trail (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)

Trespass Bundy cattle (view N from Gold Butte Road)

Trespass Bundy cattle (view N from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road at Vermiculite Mine Road (view NE)
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Vermiculite Mine Road (view SSE from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road approaching Devil's Cove Road (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road at Devil's Cove Road sign (view E)
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Gold Butte Road at Devil's Cove Road (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road at side road right (view NE)
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Side road (view E from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road at side road right (view N)

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Trespass cow along Gold Butte Road (view NW)

Some carsonite markers have GPS coordinates (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)

Ponded water after a storm (view N)
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Gold Butte Road approaching cattle guard and curve (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road at cattle guard and curve (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road turning surprise curve (view N)
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Gold Butte Road traversing hillside below surprise curve (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road bends back to the north (view N)

Gold Butte Road at washout (view N)
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Gold Butte Road approaching campsite (view NE)

Gold Butte Road at campsite (view E)

Well casing at campsite (view E)

Well casing at campsite (view N)

Gold Butte Road at washout (view NE)

Crossing layers of mudstone (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road at washout (August 2015; view NE)

Gold Butte Road at same washout (October 2015; view NE)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)
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Gold Butte Road approaching another washout (view NE)
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Good road and colorful scenery (view N)
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Gold Butte Road approaching St. Thomas Gap Road (view NW)

Gold Butte Road at St. Thomas Gap Road sign (view NW)
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St. Thomas Gap Road sign (view N)
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Gold Butte Road at St. Thomas Gap Road South (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road at St. Thomas Gap Road North (view NW)

Gold Butte Road at St. Thomas Gap Road campsite (view N)
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St. Thomas Gap Road campsite (view NE)

Gold Butte Byway sign at St. Thomas Gap Road campsite (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road at minor side road (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road at minor side road (view NW)

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Gold Butte Road at Mud Hills Corral Road (view N)
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Minor side road (view SW)
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Gold Butte Road approaching Mud Wash Road (view N)

Gold Butte Road approaching Mud Wash Road (view N)
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Mud Wash Road sign (view N)
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Mud Wash Road sign (view N)
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Gold Butte Road at Mud Wash Road (view N)
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Mud Wash Road (view W from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road (view NW)
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Need to watch for desert tortoise in the road! (view NW)
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Desert tortoise climbing steep road berm (view SW)
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Desert tortoise safely across the road
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Gold Butte Road approaching Mud Wash North Road (view NW)

Gold Butte Road approaching Mud Wash North Road (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road at Mud Wash North Road sign (view N)
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Mud Wash North Road sign (view N)
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Gold Butte Road at Mud Wash North Road (view NW)
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Mud Wash North Road (view SW from Gold Butte Road)

Gold Butte Road at campsite (view N)

Campsite (view NW from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road at cattle guard (view N)
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Gold Butte Road (view NE)
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An incline with a rock sill to bounce over (view NE)
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Cobblestone roadway (view NE)
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Cobblestone roadway (view NE)
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Fairly smooth roadway (view NE)
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Fairly smooth roadway (view NE)
Gold Butte RoadApproaching the rough patch with several moguls (view NE)
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A bit washed, but not too bad (view NE)
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A bit washed, but not too bad (view NE)
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Whitney Pocket in the distance (view N)

Gold Butte Road approaching Whitney Pocket (view N)
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Gold Butte Road approaching Whitney Pocket (view N)
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Gold Butte Road approaching Whitney Pocket (view N)

Whitney Pocket (view NE from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Rd approaching Whitney Pocket sign (view N; summer)
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Gold Butte Rd approaching Whitney Pocket sign (view N; spring)
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Whitney Pocket road sign (view N)
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Whitney Pocket road sign (view N)
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Whitney Pocket sign (view NE from Gold Butte Road)
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Whitney Pocket day-use parking (view NW from Gold Butte Road)
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Gold Butte Road approaching Arizona Road (view NW)
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Gold Butte Road at Arizona Road (view N)
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Gold Butte Road just past Arizona Road (view N)
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Hitting the road on ATVs
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Gold Butte Road approaching start of the pavement (view N)
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Gold Butte Road at start of the pavement (view N)
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More to come ...

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