Sand Wash to Virgin River

Total Miles


679.36 ft


2 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Sand Wash to Virgin River is an east/west track that transits both the Gold Butte National Monument and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This 8-mile trail is rated 3 of 10 primarily due to soft sand within the wash. The trail starts about a mile southwest of the Raven Rock OHV Staging Area on the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway. Follow Black Butte Road to the east end of Sand Wash. The first 5 miles west run through a canyon and across a large alluvial slope. Continue to bear south and remain in the wash for an additional 3 miles until reaching the end of the wash at the Virgin River. The wash delta provides adequate camping for a group of 8 to 10 vehicles. This end of Sand Wash is also known as Fisherman's Cove. Years ago, this entire area was underwater and was the northern end of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead. As the lake has receded, this area has been exposed and flora has started to flourish. Be warned about traveling too much further than the end of this track, as many parts of the wash are undercut and vehicles may break through the upper crust and settle on their frame. This is a very remote area with no services of any kind including cell service. The nearest facilities are in Mesquite/Bunkerville some 30 miles away.


This trail consists of loose rocks, dirt, and sand with some slickrock surfaces, mud holes possible, and no steps higher than 12 inches. 4WD may be required, and aggressive tires are a plus.

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