Rock art at Gold Butte.
Credit: Kurt Kuznicki.
That is why legislation has been introduced to protect these lands yet again, granting the area another opportunity for well-deserved and long-overdue recognition and conservation.
Located between the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the area known as Gold Butte covers almost 350,000 acres in southeastern Nevada. It is a treasure trove of cultural, historic, and natural wonders.
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These wonders include thousands of petroglyphs; historic mining- and pioneer-era artifacts; rare and threatened wildlife such as the Mojave desert tortoise and desert big horn sheep; dramatic geologic features like "hobgoblins" and rock spires; and fossil track-sites dating back 170 to 180 million years ago.
In addition, Gold Butte is an amazing place where people can experience the great outdoors through hiking, hunting, birding, camping, ORV riding on designated trails, and many other activities, including traditional tribal uses.
Both land types would offer recreation like hiking, camping, hunting, wildlife-watching and more. Therefore, Gold Butte is sure to attract tourists, bringing both recreation jobs and consumer dollars to Nevada’s economy.
For all of these reasons, we hope, and will be advocating for, this Congress to give Gold Butte, Nevada, the protection it has long deserved