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Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway

The byway begins 40 miles north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 at the Valley of Fire State Park exit, 2.5 miles from exit. The 28-mile scenic trip offers opportunities to see desert wildlife, intermittent streams, gold and red sandstone formations, evidence of borax mining and cross the Spanish Trail. The byway runs along the foothills of the Muddy Mountains, through several dry washes, past abandoned mining operations and terminates on North Shore Drive in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The last five miles of the byway should only be traveled by four-wheel drive vehicles. Stay safe and keep away from open tunnels and mineshafts. Primitive camping is available along the byway.

Gold Butte Backcountry Byway

The byway begins 90 miles northeast of Las Vegas and five miles south of Mesquite/Bunkerville on Interstate 15, exit 112. The 62-mile scenic trip offers opportunities to see desert wildlife, red and white sandstone, sinkholes, petroglyphs, the Muddy Mountains and Lake Mead. The historic mining town of Gold Butte, established in 1908, is along the route. The primary extractions from Gold Butte are copper, gold, lead and zinc. The last 19 miles of the byway should only be traveled by high-clearance vehicles. Primitive camping and hiking are available along the byway.

Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Byway

The byway begins six miles west of Interstate 215 on State Route 159. The 13-mile scenic drive is completely paved and offers opportunities to see desert wildlife, red and cream sandstone formations, waterfalls and petroglyphs. The visitor center features information about recreation opportunities, wildlife, wild horses and burros, vegetation, geology and cultural resources and scheduled daily interpretive activities are available. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and rock climbing are available in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  The $7 per vehicle fee is collected at the entrance to the byway and all money collected remains at the site for improvements. A developed campground is available along State Route 159.


 
Last updated: 09-10-2013