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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 Arizona border. 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), both of which provide some nice hiking.