Monday, June 26, 2017

Gold Butte National Monument: 27 Monuments Stop #8

Photo: BLM
Taken on September 28, 2016
CC BY 2.0

In Seattle, today, the natural air conditioning kicked in, but it was 87 degrees here yesterday and 101 degrees back home in Portland. I am definitely envious of Brent Rose's trip, but 117? That's just crazy. He's taking one for the team!

I am racing with my laptop battery to get this post out before the computer dies and I need to re-locate.  Hopefully, I can get caught up with Rose's travels today, but if not, there is always tomorrow.

According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website, this monument is named after an old "mining ghost town." It is located just across the Arizona-Nevada border from, and shares that border with, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

On their flikr photo, the BLM writes:

Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art, and the desert provides critical habitat. The area is popular for outdoor recreation, and visitors to the monument can hike to rock art sites, drive the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway to the area’s namesake mining ghost town, hunt desert bighorn sheep, or tour the area’s peaks and canyons on horseback.

This was one of the last monuments proclaimed by President Obama, being designated on December 28, 2016.

Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada

BLM: Gold Butte National Monument (as of June 2017) - PDF

To comment on the monument review process (due July 10, 2017):


27 Monuments:





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