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Gold Butte Townsite Road
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Gold Butte Townsite Road
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Gold Butte Road at Gold Butte Townsite Road East (view SW)

Overview

Gold Butte Townsite Road is a short, 1/4-mile-long dirt road that loops off Gold Butte Road, runs up into the Townsite area, loops around and returns to reconnect with Gold Butte Road.

This road provides access to the Townsite area where little remains except the graves of two long-time residents, cement foundations, a mine shaft, some junked historic equipment, a few primitive campsites, and a couple of minor roads that lead into the hills around the townsite.

Link to map.

Gold Butte Townsite Road
Gold Butte Townsite Road East approaching GB Townsite (view SW)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is fairly safe, but be aware that old mines surround the area, there are rusty nails in old boards, and barbed wire presents tripping hazards.

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 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 area, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

Gold Butte Townsite Road
Old fenceline marks entry into Gold Butte Townsite area (view SW)

Getting to Gold Butte Townsite Road

Gold Butte Townsite Road is located out in Gold Butte northeast of Lake Mead, about 3 hours northeast of Las Vegas in a wild, remote, and scenic area.

From town, drive out to Gold Butte. Drive south on the paved Gold Butte Road 21 miles to Whitney Pocket where the pavement ends. Continue south on the scenic unpaved Gold Butte Road for 19.8 miles a cattle guard that marks entry into the to Gold Butte Townsite area.

Continue on the main road past the cattle guard for another 0.4 miles (20.2 miles total) to the third obvious left turn (Table 1, Site 1648). Notice at this point a road sign for Red Bluff Spring Road on the right. Angle left (southwest) onto Gold Butte Townsite Road East.

About 70 yards farther down Gold Butte Road, at the right turn for Red Bluff Spring Road (Site 0806), drivers can also make a hard left turn onto Gold Butte Townsite Road West and head up into the Townsite area.

Gold Butte Townsite Road
Passing the historic fenceline into Gold Butte Townsite (view S)

The Road

From Gold Butte Road (Site 1648), Gold Butte Townsite Road East runs southwest about 60 yards to where Gold Butte Townsite Road West merges from the right. Together, the roads run south through an historic fenceline into the Gold Butte Townsite area (Site 0460).

Immediately, the road opens into a broad, open area spanning some 110 yards. On the left, the road passes the site of the historic post office, and at 70 yards, the graves of Coleman and Garrett. Just past the graves, the road loops right around two large catclaw trees and heads back into the open area. A minor road continues south into the hills to end at a mine site, while another minor road runs southwest.

On the right in the open area, the obvious thing is rusting equipment abandoned long ago. Less noticeable are two cement foundations and a grated mine shaft that might have been used for a well.

Visitors will find flat spots in the main townsite area to camp. While here, please respect this historic site and distinguish between "historical junk" and "trash" when picking up litter.

Gold Butte Townsite Road
Entering the Townsite area (view SE)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Entering the Townsite area (view SE)
Gold Butte Townsite
Entering the Townsite area (view SW)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Staying left in the Townsite area (view SE)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Approaching the fenced graveyard (view SE)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Graves on the left; continue straight to mine site (view SE)

Returning to Gold Butte Road

Gold Butte Townsite Road
Re-entering the Gold Butte Townsite area (view NW)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Proceeding towards the exit (view NW)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Rusting machinery (view NW)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Exiting Gold Butte Townsite through historic fenceline (view N)
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Gold Butte Townsite Road West approaching Gold Butte Road
Gold Butte Townsite Road
Gold Butte Townsite Road West at Gold Butte Road (view NW)
Gold Butte West Road -- Approaching the Townsite Eastbound from Scanlon Road
Gold Butte West Road
Gold Butte Road at Gold Butte West Road (view E)
Gold Butte West Road
Gold Butte West Road at Gold Butte East Road (view E)

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
0460 Gold Butte Townsite 751564 4018463 36.28017 114.19926 3,749 Yes
0806 Gold Butte Rd at Red Bluff Spring Rd 751471 4018545 36.28093 114.20028 3,727 Yes
1648 Gold Butte Rd at Gold Butte Townsite Rd East 751531 4018569 36.28113 114.19960 3,727 Yes

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