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Help protect this wild and scenic country!

Many people are working to get Designated Wilderness for parts of Gold Butte and National Conservation Area status for the rest. Slow, but steady progress is being made in protecting this area.

Join other people interested in protecting this area by visiting Friends of Gold Butte and Friends of Nevada Wilderness to see what you can do, or print and mail letters to your Representative (38k pdf) and Senators (38k pdf) in Congress.

For Detailed Information on Getting to Gold Butte, Hours of Operation, Entrance Fees, Camping, Hiking Permits, Precautions, Rules and Regulations, and Links to More Information, visit the Gold Butte Area Overview Page.

Gold Butte, administered by the BLM and the U.S. National Park Service, is located about 2 hours east of Las Vegas (map) between the Overton Arm of Lake Mead and the Grand Wash (just over the border into Arizona). Gold Butte is wild and remote with high peaks, low valleys, grand views, lots of history, mixed up geology, and huge solitude for hiking.

The geology of this sandstone-limestone-granitic-metamorphic faulted-twisted-contorted-eroded land, while nearly impossible to comprehend in total, is stunningly stark and beautiful. Three major ecosystems (Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, and the Colorado Plateau) meet here, providing for a varied and diverse flora and fauna.

Elevations in Gold Butte range from relatively low desert to mountain peaks with conifer forests. In the lower areas, activities generally are restricted to the cooler months (e.g., October through May). There are, however, high mountains (to 8,075 ft) that provide a respite from the heat.

Gold Butte includes two designated wilderness areas: the Lime Canyon Wilderness Area (23,233 acres) and the Jumbo Springs Wilderness Area (4,631 acres). Several other parts of Gold Butte were considered for inclusion in wilderness areas, but opposition by the local community blocked these conservation efforts. In the years since, the local community has come to understand the value of wilderness in protecting their own way of life, and a local grassroots organization (Friends of Gold Butte) was established to work towards protecting the area from indiscriminate and damaging use by getting it designated as a National Conservation Area (like Red Rock Canyon NCA).

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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