Devil's Cove Road

Total Miles


1258.28 ft


6 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Devil's Cove Road travels through Gold Butte National Monument, and is a 28-mile round trip out and back track rated 3 out of 10. The trail starts off the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway and ends in the now-dry Devil's Cove which is part of Lake Mead. The desert road runs through washes, up ridges, and eventually drops down into the cove. During the spring travelers may be able to enjoy the California Poppies in bloom and observe the herd of wild burros that live in the vicinity of the cove. A short hike through up the ridge or around the edge of the vegetation will bring travelers views of the Colorado River. This is a very remote area with no services of any kind including cell service. The nearest facilities are in Mesquite/Bunkerville some 40 miles away. Gold Butte Byway is considered accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles, however, the BLM recommends 4x4s on the road to the cove.


Trail consisting of loose rocks, dirt, and sand with some slick rock surfaces, mud holes possible, no steps higher than 12". 4WD is required, and aggressive tires are a plus.

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Access Description

From Nevada Interstate-15 exit 112/State Route 170. Travel south on State Route 170 for approximately 3 miles to the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway (Gold Butte Road). Turn right onto the Byway and travel approximately 12 miles to the Monument boundary. The nearest communities are Mesquite and Bunkerville, Nevada. Proceed on Gold Butte Road to Whitney Pockets, and drive south on Gold Butte Road for 16.2 miles until you reach a fork. Stay left onto Devil's Cove Road and drive southeast for another 14.5 miles to the end of the road. There is a BLM trail sign pointing to Devil's Cove.