Nevada - Gold Butte National Monument

State: Nevada


The 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument was designated by President Obama in December 2016 following a decade of public efforts to protect important historical and cultural resources. Gold Butte is a diverse playground for multi-use recreation and critical wildlife habitat, in a landscape of spectacular rugged mountains, Joshua tree and Mojave yucca forests, outcroppings of sandstone and braided washes that turn into slot canyons, and is significant to Native Americans who have historically depended on the land for sustenance, gathering of medicinal and sacred plants. Beautiful rock art, shelters and pottery can be found throughout the monument. The historic mining town of Gold Butte hosted over 1,000 miners in the early 1900s and offers a point of interest for tourists interested in early pioneer history.

Gold Butte provides habitat for an abundance of wildlife including big horn sheep, kit fox and coyotes, kangaroo mice, golden eagle, black-throated sparrows, Gila monsters and desert tortoise. The monument offers wilderness quality lands as well as access along 250 miles of designated routes, including the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway. Hiking and camping opportunities are being identified in the future management plan.