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Highway 170 Eastbound - Interstate 15 to Gold Butte Road
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Highway 170
I-15, approaching Riverside-Bunkerville exit (Exit 112; view SE)

Overview

Highway 170 Eastbound runs between Interstate 15 (Exit 112) and Mesquite, first crossing the Virgin River and passing Gold Butte Road, then running up the south side of the river past Bunkerville and into Mesquite. This highway provides access the the wild and rugged Gold Butte region. Highway 170 is a regular, paved and well maintained state highway.

When driving in the other direction, see Highway 170 Westbound - Mesquite to Gold Butte Road or Highway 170 Westbound - Gold Butte Road to Interstate 15.

Link to map.

Highway 170
I-15 off ramp (view SE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about being in the desert, ... this is a fairly safe highway without unusual hazards. 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.

Highway 170
I-15 (Exit 112) off ramp (view SE)

The Road

From Interstate 15 (Exit 112; Site 0684), Highway 170 winds down 3.5 miles of sparsely vegetated desert hillsides towards the Virgin River.

The small settlement of Riverside is passed as the road runs onto the bridge over the Virgin River (Site 0685). Just across the bridge Highway 170 passes a paved road to the right (Site 0686) that leads down along the south side of the Virgin River -- this is Gold Butte Road and the start of a wild adventure into the Gold Butte region.

Continuing, Highway 170 climbs a hill steeply and bends left to run up along the south side of the Virgin River. The road eventually passes the small town of Bunkerville and recrosses the Virgin River to enter Mesquite from the south side, ending at Mesquite Blvd (Site 1639) in the old part of town.

Highway 170
I-15 (Exit 112) off ramp (view SE)
Highway 170
I-15 (Exit 112) off ramp (view SE)
Highway 170
I-15 (Exit 112) off ramp (view SE)
Highway 170
I-15 off ramp approaching into Highway 170 (view SE)
Highway 170
I-15 off ramp approaching into Highway 170 (view SE)
Highway 170
I-15 off ramp merging into Highway 170 (view SE)
Highway 170
Highway 170 at cattle guard (view E)
Highway 170
Highway 170 approaching highway sign (view E)
Highway 170
Highway sign (view S)
Highway 170
Sign erected by terrorists declaring independence from the USA
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Gold Butte Road
Hwy 170 approaching Riverside (view SE)
Highway 170
Hwy 170 at Virgin River Bridge (view S)
Highway 170
Virgin River upstream (view E from bridge during later summer)
Highway 170
Virgin River upstream (view E from bridge; summer floods)
Highway 170
Virgin River upstream (view E from bridge; after summer floods)
Highway 170
Virgin River upstream (view E from bridge; winter)
Highway 170
Virgin River downstream (view W from bridge; winter)
Highway 170
Virgin River downstream (view W from bridge; summer)
Highway 170
Highway 170, exiting the Virgin River Bridge (view S)
Highway 170
Hwy 170 approaching Gold Butte Road (view S)
Highway 170
Hwy 170 approaching Gold Butte Road (view S)
Gold Butte Road
Hwy 170 at Gold Butte Road (view S)
Highway 170
Gold Butte Road (view W from Hwy 170)
Hwy 170
Sign erected by terrorists declaring independence from the USA

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
0684 I-15 at Hwy 170 36.77063 114.23374 1,804 0.00 0.00 Yes
0685 Hwy 170 at Virgin River Bridge 36.73473 114.21926 1,444 3.33 3.33 Yes
0686 Hwy 170 at Gold Butte Rd 36.73179 114.21724 1,444 0.22 3.55 Yes
1639 Hwy 170 at Mesquite Blvd 36.80376 114.09284 1,563 9.15 12.70 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 161112

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