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Lime Canyon Road
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Lime Canyon Road
Lime Canyon Road
Red Bluff Spring Road approaching Lime Canyon Road (view N)

Overview

Lime Canyon Road, a spur off the Red Bluff Spring Road (part of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway), is a 1-mile gateway to the wild and rugged Lime Canyon Wilderness Area. The road runs down a narrow corridor (the edges of which are bordered by designated wilderness) to a trailhead at the end, thus providing hiker and horseman access to Lime Canyon Narrows. Historically, the road has been in reasonably good shape and suitable for 2WD-HC vehicles and medium-clearance vehicles such as a Subaru Forester.

Lime Canyon Road washed out almost entirely during summer 2016. It is passable in 4WD jeep, but it will take some time before it is safe for 2WD vehicles. Also note that vandals tore down the Wilderness area sign.

Link to map.

Lime Canyon Road
Red Bluff Spring Road at Lime Canyon Road (view N)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about being in the desert, ... 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 if you get off the main road). Historically, the road has been in reasonably good shape and suitable for a 2WD-HC vehicle, but conditions change, so use your good judgement.

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.

Lime Canyon Road
Lime Canyon Road (view W from Red Bluff Spring Road)

Road Guide

Lime Canyon Road is located out in Gold Butte northeast of Lake Mead, about 2.5 hours northeast of Las Vegas. From town, drive out to Gold Butte. Drive south on the paved Gold Butte Road to Whitney Pocket where the pavement ends. Continue south on the scenic unpaved Gold Butte Road for 20.2 miles to Red Bluff Spring Road on the right. Drive north on Red Bluff Spring Road 3.2 miles to Lime Canyon Road, on the left behind a Lime Canyon Wilderness Area sign.

Turning left onto Lime Canyon Road (Table 1, Site 1690), the road descends a firm-dirt hillside at a moderate grade. The grade lessens, and the road passes a small parking area on the left just before dropping into the sandy wash.

The road follows the wash westward. There are some tight spots between rocks and some sandy spots, but generally the road is fine. At 1.05 miles out, the road ends (Site 1691) at a fence inside the mouth of Lime Canyon Narrows, which is the Lime Canyon Trailhead.

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Some parts are a bit sandy (view W)
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Possible route up Lime Peak (view NW)
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Approaching the trailhead parking (view W)
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Approaching trailhead parking (view W)
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Trailhead parking (view W)
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Trailhead (view W)
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Fossils in trailhead rocks

Returning up Lime Canyon Road

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Sandy wash and yellow hills (view E)
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Lime Canyon Road approaching Red Bluff Spring Road (view E)
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Lime Canyon Road at Red Bluff Spring Road (view E)
more to come ...
more to come ...

Table 1. Highway Coordinates 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
1690 Red Bluff Spring Rd at Lime Canyon Rd 36.31193 114.23503 3,079 0.00 0.00 Yes
1691 Lime Canyon Rd at Trailhead Parking 36.31331 114.25115 2,884 1.05 1.05 Yes

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