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Virgin Peak Road
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Virgin Peak Road
Virgin Peak Road
Arizona Road at Virgin Peak Road (view E)

Overview

Virgin Peak Road is located out in Gold Butte, northeast of Las Vegas. This road runs 1.7 miles from Arizona Road to a boulder that blocks normal vehicles from getting through a narrow spot in the canyon.

The road is mostly gravel but is usually passable in a 2WD high-clearance vehicle (assuming dry conditions), but it would be safer to have a 4WD because in a gravel wash, you just never know when a bit of deep gravel is going to suck you down. A few spots are rocky.

Link to Road Map.

Virgin Peak Road
Start of Virgin Peak 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, no cell service). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. It is a big place and 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.

Virgin Peak Road
Virgin Peak Road (view N)

Getting to Virgin Peak Road

Virgin Peak Road is located out in Gold Butte north of Lake Mead, about 2-1/4 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Whitney Pocket at the end of the paved Gold Butte Road. At Whitney Pocket, turn left onto Arizona Road and drive east 2.3 miles to an unmarked side road on the left. This is Virgin Peak Road.

Virgin Peak Road
Virgin Peak Road (view N)

The Road

From Arizona Road (Table 1, Site 0937), Virgin Peak Road runs north up a broad valley. The road is a bit rocky in places, but it generally is a good road. As the valley narrows, the road begins to run along the base of the hills on the west side, then arrives at an old corral (Site 0938) with gates, fencing, a water tank, and old vehicles. This is an interesting place to stop and poke around for a few minutes. Please respect the history here and remove historic trash.

Continuing, at about 300 yards past the corral, the road forks. Virgin Peak Road stays right and begins to climb into a narrow canyon. The road is a bit loose with deep gravel in places, but generally it is okay. This, however, is the road on which I decided I really needed a 4WD next time. Shortly, the road winds up into a narrows (Site 0939) where the road is impassable to standard 4WD vehicles, although ATVs and rock-hopper jeeps can pass. This is the Virgin Peak trailhead and the end of the regular road. If flashfloods ever bring gravel back and fill in around the boulder, we will be able to again drive into the upper canyon.

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Valley narrows (view NW)
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Arriving at Whitney Corral (view NW)
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Road forks; Virgin Peak Road stays right (view NW)
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Climbing into the narrow canyon (view NE)
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Passing an old fenceline (view NE)
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Canyon narrowing (view E)
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Virgin Peak Road (view E)
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Vehicle at Virgin Peak Road trailhead (view E)
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At narrows, road is washed out (view E)
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At narrows, road is washed out (view E)
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At narrows, ATVs can pass wash-out (view E)
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Looking back at narrows wash-out (view W)
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Virgin Peak Road narrows in the old days (view E; Nov 2002)
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Virgin Peak Road narrows before the flash floods (view E; Nov 2002)

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
0937 Arizona Rd at Virgin Peak Rd 36.53264 114.10125 3,856 0.00 0.00 Yes
0938 Virgin Peak Rd at old Corral 36.54405 114.10402 4,142 0.82 0.82 Yes
0939 Virgin Peak Rd at Washout 36.55088 114.09819 4,481 0.85 1.67 Yes

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