Gold Butte Back Country Byway is a gravel dirt road with a length of 62 miles (99km) located in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The road remains open year-round and is the gateway to the wild and rugged Gold Butte Region. The first 21 miles are paved, although a bit rough.
Exercise extreme caution when passing on-coming traffic, over-taking and around corners. The road begins south of Mesquite off NV 170 and travels south to the ghost town of Gold Butte. The byway follows Gold Butte Road, splitting at Devil's Throat. The first 24 miles follow a narrow paved road suitable for passenger vehicles. Traveling east of Devil's Throat, the road is a relatively smooth gravel road that is also suitable for passenger cars. The segment heading west from Devil's Throat is a lightly maintained dirt road that requires a high-clearance, two-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle. Because of the nature of the route it is recommended that visitors on the Gold Butte Back Country Byway drive high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! Long stretches of open desert along the west side of the VirginMountains leads to Whitney Pocket, an historic and scenic area nestled among outcrops of colorful red and white sandstone. Beyond Whitney Pocket, the road becomes graded dirt and the real wildness starts. Continuing south leads to places such as Gold Butte Townsite, Devil's Throat, the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway, Scanlon Dugway, and a whole lot of grand scenery. Primitive camping and hiking are available along the byway.
Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trip on this road. Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip. 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. A BLM Ranger patrols the area, but it is a big place out there. Someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or two.
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