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Red Rock Springs Road
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Red Rock Springs Road
Red Rock Springs Road
Little Finland Road approaching Red Rock Springs Road (view E)

Overview

Red Rock Springs Road is located out in Gold Butte, northeast of Las Vegas. This road is a spur off Little Finland Road and runs only 0.16 miles to a trailhead parking area for the Red Rock Springs and Hartman Tank hiking route.

The road is mostly firm sand and passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle (assuming favorable conditions), but it would be safer in a 4WD because the sandy wash often has a bit of flowing water and you just never know when a bit of soft sand will suck you down.

Link to road map.

Red Rock Springs Road
Red Rock Springs Road (view NE from Little Finland Road)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about the desert, ... the road is safe and in fair condition for 2WD-HC vehicles, but 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 even two or more days if you get off the main 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.

Red Rock Springs Road
Red Rock Springs Road approaching designated route sign (view NE)

Getting to Red Rock Springs Road

Red Rock Springs Road is located out in Gold Butte northeast of Lake Mead, about 2-3/4 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Whitney Pocket at the end of the paved Gold Butte Road. Continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for 3.9 miles to Mud Wash North Road on the right. Turn onto Mud Wash North Road and continue 3.2 miles southwest to a Y-intersection with Mud Wash Road. Stay right onto Mud Wash Road and continue generally west for 4.0 miles to a T-intersection with Little Finland Road, on the right.

Turn onto Little Finland Road and drive east 1.0 miles to a T-intersection with Red Rock Springs Road, on the left. Watch for a broad wash on the left with a carsonite designated-route sign.

See also the Gold Butte Area overview map.

Red Rock Springs Road
Designated route sign (view NE)

The Road

From the intersection with Little Finland Road (Table 1, Site 1681), Red Rock Springs Road runs northeast up the Red Rock Springs Wash. The road runs in brick-red sand, and depending on the season, runs across and through flowing water.

In about 0.1 miles out, the road bends right and runs up onto a low bench on the right side of the road. Quickly, the road ends in a wide area where a post-and-cable fence blocks travel up the wash (Site 1682). Criminal drivers sometimes turn right and drive up a steep hillside into the desert, but this is an illegal road.

In the wide flat area, stop here; this is the trailhead for the Red Rock Springs -- Hartman Tank hiking route.

Red Rock Springs Road
Red Rock Springs Road (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Low, muddy step (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Approaching turn out of wash (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Approaching turn out of wash (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Arriving in parking area (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Parking area with campfire ring (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Illegal driving off designated trail (view E)
Red Rock Springs Road
Flowers and water in Red Rock Springs Wash (view NE)
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End of the road at fence (view NE)
Red Rock Springs Road
Trailhead parking (view NE)

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
1681 Little Finland Rd at Red Rock Springs Road 36.45798 114.22105 1,781 0.00 0.00 GPS
1682 Red Rock Springs Trailhead Parking 36.45883 114.21910 1,774 0.16 0.16 GPS

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