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Cleopatra Wash Campground
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Cleopatra Wash Campground


Cleopatra Wash Campground is a primitive, backcountry campground off Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are no amenities other than a flat-ish place to park and pitch tents, but it is quiet and far from the incessant drone of RV generators. The campground stretches for about 200 yards, so there is plenty of room for several quiet groups, but there is little evidence of use. Access requires a 4WD vehicle.

Link to map.

Cleopatra Wash Campground

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is pretty safe; so far as I know, without cliffs, mine shafts, or too many cactus. Access to this campground requires a 4WD vehicle to get there and to park in the soft sand.

While out and about, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This site is sandwiched between the Jimbilnan and Pinto Valley wilderness areas, so pay particular attention to respecting the land. If campers wander too far, nobody will find them, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work.

Cleopatra Wash Campground

Getting to the Campground

This primitive campground is located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 1 hour east of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Lake Mead. From the intersection of Northshore Road and Lakeshore Road, drive north on Northshore Road for 30.0 miles to Boathouse Cove Road, which is just past Mile Marker 30. Turn right (east) onto Boathouse Cove Road and drive south 3.1 miles to the campground, on the right at a wide spot in the sandy road.

For details of the road and GPS waypoints, see the Boathouse Cove Road page.

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Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0513 Cleopatra Campground 727642 4012757 36.23472 114.46701 2,004 Yes
0789 Northshore Rd at Boathouse Cove Rd 726251 4015974 36.26402 114.48155 1,909 Yes

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