In The Desert
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Mesquite is just the jumping off point ( gas up here ) for a really interesting trip down in the desert North of Las Vegas. From Mesquite you'll have to go south on I 15 to Exit 112 and NV 170, Riverside Rd. Go east over the Virgin River and take the first right onto New Gold Butte Road. A paved road.
The main objective of this trip was really two-fold. One to see the Devil's Throat and try to figure out how this big hole in the ground came to be. It is a strange sight. And there is no obvious reason, like limestone caves, in the immediate area. And second, see and photograph what is supposed to be one of the neatest rock formation areas in the desert southwest. And on the way we'll stop for a quick look at the Fallen Man Petroglyph site. For more, see the first video here.
New Gold Butte Rd. is paved all the way down to Whitney Pocket. Only a couple places were a little rough. This road takes you through some pretty desert and over a really big alluvial fan once you're up above the Virgin River. Follow the GPS track.
Petroglyphs, Whitney Pocket, Devil's Throat
Join us for the first part of the trip down New Gold Butte Rd. to the Fallen Man Petroglyphs and then on to Whitney Pocket and the Devil's Throat. There was a lot more to be seen, but this will give you the urge to make the trip yourself.
Little Finland, Hob Goblin, Devil's Fire
Little Finland is not officially named and people have called it by many different names (see above). One thing no one seems to want to tell you is how big, or small, these rock formations are. The majority of them are only 3 ft. tall, but some are smaller, others, larger. So getting up on the cliff with them makes photographing them much easier. This whole area is full of nice Red Navajo Sandstone formations and caves to explore. Don't miss this. Watch the slideshow.
This is a great place to camp out for a week, or weekend, with your camper and explore the surrounding area. Whitney Pocket is great for a camper, or motorhome as the road into it is paved. If you are a winter visitor to the desert southwest -- this would be a great place for a 3 day stopover. It's dry camping, but there is a lot to see.. You'll be glad you did!
Garmin Topography Map
New Gold Butte Rd. is paved from I-15 all the way down to Whitney Pocket. The few rough spots can be seen on the first Video above. It is 25 miles from the Interstate to Whitney Pocket. The entire trip from the Interstate to Little Finland is 46 miles.