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Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
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Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
Red Bluff Spring Rd at Red Bluff Spring Overlook Rd (view N)

Overview

Along the north end of the Red Bluff Spring Road section of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway, a short spur road leads out to an overlook atop bluffs overlooking Mud Wash and Red Bluff Spring. This road provides a nice overlook of the spring area and a primitive campsite suitable for one party in the turn-about loop at the end of the road.

Link to map.

Red Bluff Spring Road
Red Bluff Spring Road at Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road (view S)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this is a fairly safe drive, but the region is wild and remote 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.

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 Bluff Spring Overlook Road
Road sign at intersection (view N)

Getting to Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road

Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road, is located out in Gold Butte National Monument 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 5.1 miles until the road abruptly turns left to exit Mud Wash up a side canyon to the south. For drivers who miss the turn out of Mud Wash, the wash is fenced a few yards farther.

When the road leaves Mud Wash, the overlook is just above to the southwest. Drive south on Red Bluff Spring Road to the top of the cliffs. A diectional sign marks the intersection with the Overlook Road.

Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
Start of Red Bluff Spring Overlook Rd (view N)

The Road

From Red Bluff Spring Road (Table 1, Site 1627), Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road heads north along a ridgeline that runs out to the edge of the bluffs (Site 1686). The road is short, so don't drive too fast because the end of the road really is the end.

Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
Middle of Red Bluff Spring Overlook Rd (view N)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Rd (view N)
Approaching end of Red Bluff Spring Overlook Rd (view N)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
Campsite at end of the road (view NE)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
View over Red Bluff Spring (view W)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
View over Red Bluff Spring (view W)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
View over Red Bluff Spring (view N)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
View up Mud Wash (view NW)
Red Bluff Spring Overlook Road
View up Mud Wash (view W)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1627 Red Bluff Spring Rd at Spur 36.46051 114.24995 1,697 0.00 0.00 Yes
1686 Red Bluff Spring Overlook Rd End 36.46121 114.25072 1,647 0.07 0.07 Yes

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