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Gold Butte National Monument

Roadside Attraction Devil’s Throat - Gold Butte National Monument Roadside Attraction Devil’s Throat
Gold Butte National Monument

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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attraction
MAPS: DEVILS THROAT, NV

Fri

57 | 47

Sat

60 | 44

Sun

63 | 45

Mon

57 | 45

Tue

54 | 38

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SEASON: Any, hot in summers.
WATER: None.
NOTES: The road is very washboard and rocky. High clearance STRONGLY recommended. We saw low clearance cars on the road, but they were moving exceedingly slowly.

Fri

57 | 47

Sat

60 | 44

Sun

63 | 45

Mon

57 | 45

Tue

54 | 38

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Devil's Throat Sinkhole

Devil's Throat Sinkhole

The Devil’s Throat is a great example of geology in action. In the early 1900’s, during the Gold Butte mining boom, cowboys and miners in the area suddenly saw a large cloud of dust off in the distance. Upon investigation, they found a large sinkhole where once had been open desert! The sinkhole, known as the Devil’s Throat, has grown over the years, and is currently between 110-120' across and quite deep. It is immense!

The sinkhole is impressive, but hard to get the scale of when visiting. A safety fence has been put up around the permitter. You can see several old fences near the sinkhole. As the sinkhole has grown, new fences have been built further back. With the last fence, they moved it quite a way back from the edge. This makes seeing into the sinkhole difficult. The edge and area around the sinkhole are unstable, getting very close is definitely not recommended!

I would rate this worth the stop if you are passing nearby, but not worth making a special trip to see.

Peering into the Devil's Throat Abyss

Peering into the Devil's Throat Abyss

Getting There

Reaching Gold Butte starts by taking exit 112 off Interstate 15. This is about 70 miles east of Las Vegas, or 10 miles west of Mesquite Nevada. From exit 112, head south for 3.1 miles on NV-170 toward Riverside. Just after the road crosses the Virgin River, turn right onto Gold Butte Road.

  • Reset your odometer as you turn west onto Gold Butte Road. This is an old paved road that is a bit rough and gravel in sections, but passable by all vehicles in most conditions. ( 11S 748409mE 4068726mN / N36° 43' 54" W114° 13' 05" )
  • 19.9 miles - Side road on the right to a couple of good primitive camping spots. ( 11S 754383mE 4046395mN / N36° 31' 45" W114° 09' 32" )
  • 21.1 miles - Whitney Pocket. Good camping on the right. ( 11S 756034mE 4045904mN / N36° 31' 27" W114° 08' 26" )
  • 21.15 miles - Major junction. Large parking/camping area on the right. A good road goes left (east) along the base of Whitney Pocket. This is the Whitney Pass Rd. Stay straight and reset your odometer. ( 11S 756076mE 4045807mN / N36° 31' 24" W114° 08' 24" )
  • From Whitney Pocket - 3.9 miles - North Mud Wash Side Road to Little Finland, Seven Keyholes, etc... If going to Devils Throat, stay left on the main road. There is another side road at Devils Throat that also goes to Little Finland/Seven Keyholes/etc.. (Mud Wash Side Road) ( 11S 754067mE 4040421mN / N36° 28' 32" W114° 09' 51" )
  • From Whitney Pocket - 7.2 miles - Junction. Right to Devils Throat on the Mud Wash Side Road. ( 11S 756032mE 4035725mN / N36° 25' 57" W114° 08' 38" )
  • Mud Wash Side Road - 0.3 miles - Straight goes to Devils Throat in 0.2 miles. Right goes toward Little Finland/Seven Keyholes areas. ( 11S 755733mE 4035339mN / N36° 25' 45" W114° 08' 50" )
A local hanging out near the Devil's Throat

A local hanging out near the Devil's Throat

Route

The sinkhole is next to the trailhead. A BLM sign at the site discusses the history as well as geology that has caused the sinkhole.


Maps

Printable Maps:
From Whitney Pocket - 7.2 miles - Junction. Right to Devils Throat.

11S 756032mE 4035725mN

N36° 25' 57" W114° 08' 38"

Mud Wash Side Road - 0.3 miles - Straight goes to Devils Throat in 0.2 miles.

11S 755733mE 4035339mN

N36° 25' 45" W114° 08' 50"

Devil's Throat

11S 755570mE 4035122mN

N36° 25' 38" W114° 08' 57"

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