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Twenty-one Goats Road
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Black Butte Road
Black Butte Road at Twenty-one Goats Rd (view SW)

Overview

Twenty-one Goats Road is a 0.35 mile spur road off Black Butte Road that provides 2WD, high-clearance vehicle access to the Twenty-one Goats Trailhead. From Black Butte Road, Twenty-one Goats Road runs east up a wash to the trailhead. The road usually is suitable for 2WD-HC vehicle. The fenced parking area at the trailhead is small and suitable for only a few vehicles before the roadway becomes blocked.

This road provides access to the Twenty-one Goats Petroglyph Panel and to Black Butte Dam.

Link to area road map or site map.

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Beginning of Twenty-one Goats Road (view E)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... the road is fine in a 4WD, but usually passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle. 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 more on side roads.

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.

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Twenty-one Goats Road (view E)

Getting to the Roadhead

Twenty-one Goats Road is located out in Gold Butte northeast of Lake Mead, about 2 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Gold Butte. From Whitney Pocket, turn around and drive north 1.5 miles on the paved Gold Butte Road to just past the last big red sandstone crag on the left. The unmarked Black Butte Road leaves the pavement to the left. Drive west on Black Butte Road 3.2 miles to Twenty-one Goats Road, on the left.

Alternatively, from Highway 170, drive south on Gold Butte Road for 19.7 miles to Black Butte Road, which forks to the right. Turn right onto Black Butte Road and drive southwest 3.2 miles to Twenty-one Goats Road, on the left.

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Twenty-one Goats Road (view E)

The Road

From Black Butte Road, Twenty-one Goats Road (Site 1664), turns left and heads east to run uphill in the sand-and-gravel wash. Following the wash, the road runs west 0.35 miles to a fenced turn-around loop (Site 1665) at the end of the road.

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Twenty-one Goats Road (view E)
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21 Goats Road at start of turn-around loop (view E)
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Approaching Twenty-one Goats trailhead parking (view E)
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Twenty-one Goats trailhead parking (view E)
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Twenty-one Goats trailhead parking (view E looking towards trail)
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Twenty-one Goats trailhead (view E)

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
1664 Black Butte Rd at 21 Goats Rd 36.50146 114.20113 2,234 0.00 0.00 Yes
1665 21 Goats Trailhead Parking 36.50103 114.19555 2,263 0.37 0.37 Yes

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