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Windmill Mine Road
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Windmill Mine Road
Windmill Mine Road

Overview

Windmill Mine Road, a spur off Scanlon Road, is located out at the far southwest end of Gold Butte. At only 0.5 miles long, the road runs out to the historic Windmill Mine, leads to near the edge of the Jumbo Springs Wilderness Area, and traverses spectacular country in Jumbo Basin.

Most of the road is fairly smooth and without too many rocks. The road is passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle, but it is safer in a 4WD vehicle because one part is steep and a bit rocky, plus getting to the road requires driving on Scanlon Road, which uses sandy washes and has some rough spots.

Link to Windmill Mine Road Map.

Windmill Mine Road
Windmill Mine Road (view SSE from So. Fork of Twin Springs Wash)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving 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. 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 two, or even longer on side roads. Consider signalling the tourist helicopters that traverse the area coming and going from the Grand Canyon.

Stay out of the mine shaft, as it is never safe to enter old holes in the ground.

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.

Windmill Mine Road
Supports for old windmill sign

Getting to Windmill Mine Road

Windmill Mine Road is located out in Gold Butte at the northeast end of Lake Mead, about 5 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out the paved Gold Butte Road for 21 miles to Whitney Pocket, then continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for another 20 miles to Gold Butte Townsite. From there, Gold Butte Road ends and Scanlon Road is now the main road running southwest. Continue on Scanlon Road. Winding across hillsides and passing several minor side roads, Scanlon Road reaches a major, signed fork (4.1 miles out). One sign reads "Overton Arm" with an arrow to the right, and "Jeep Trail" with an arrow to the left. Here, Scanlon Road stays left on the "Jeep Trail."

Scanlon Road runs southward and passes a large, old corral (6.8 miles out) and eventually drops into Twin Springs Wash (9.2 miles out). Following Scanlon Road up Twin Springs Wash into Jumbo Basin, at about 13.8 miles out, Windmill Mine Road continues straight when Scanlon Road turns right down a wash.

Windmill Mine Road
Road runs across rolling terrain (view SSE)

The Road

From crossing the South Fork of Twin Springs Wash (Table 1, Site 1734), Windmill Mine Road continues south-southeast and up the gentle hillside, passing the supports for a hanging sign that has long since gone.

The road runs across the gently rolling landscape, climbs one fairly steep and rocky hillside, and arrives at a fork (Site 1735). Here, the main road continues straight, while the road to the mine site turns right and runs down the hillside to Windmill Mine (Site 1736).

Continuing straight, the main road climbs to a tight loop that wraps around a large campfire ring (Site 1737). A lightly used spur continues a short distance to the left, but it seems that most drivers stop at the campsite. This site serves as a trailhead for the Jumbo Springs Wilderness Area.

Windmill Mine Road
Starting up steep section (view SE)
Windmill Mine Road
Approaching a few rocks on the steep section (view SE)
Windmill Mine Road
Road again runs across rolling terrain (view SSE)
Windmill Mine Road
Gentle rolling terrain (view SSE)
Windmill Mine Road
Road forks; mine site to the right (view SE)
Windmill Mine Road
Approaching the turn-about loop (view S)
Windmill Mine Road
End of road; minor spur left; trailhead to Jumbo Springs (view S)
Windmill Mine Road
Mine site (view NW from end of the road)
Windmill Mine Road
Low-impact campsite at the turn-about (view W)
Windmill Mine Road
Sunset (view W across Bonelli Peak)

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
1734 Scanlon Rd at Windmill Mine Rd 36.16759 114.19388 3,858 0.00 0.00 Yes
1735 Windmill Mine Rd at Windmill Mine 36.16230 114.19195 3,921 0.40 0.40 Yes
1737 Windmill Mine Rd End 36.16092 114.19092 3,969 0.14 0.54 Yes
1736 Windmill Mine 36.16121 114.19206 3,963 . . Yes

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