Hidden Gem of the Southwest

Gold Butte is located between the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, Arizona, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, just south of the City of Mesquite.
Natural Beauty

You'll find natural beauty around every bend. Stunning cactii flowers, ancient joshua trees, and interesting rock formations are spread throughout Gold Butte's vast landscape.
Thousands of Years of History

Native Americans have been dependent on the Gold Butte area for over 3,000 years. This traditional travel zone is filled with stories of the past through artifacts and ancient writings. Areas of habitation dot the landscape: rock shelters with blackened roofs, middens of charcoal soil littered with broken pottery, and rock tools.
Lots to Explore

Our recent hike to Billy Goat Peak separated the real Billy Goats in the crowd! Of the 6 of us only three made the peak this day. Spots of snow covering the north slope made blazing the trail challenging. For those of us that only made it half way an incredible view of the landscape was enjoyed. The 360 degree view included the Virgin Mountains, Lake Mead, the rugged ridges of southern Gold Butte and the Grand Wash Cliffs in AZ.
Fascinating Geology

Unique shapes of sandstone leftover from ancient oceans show up as interesting shapes and colors. You may even find a fossil of a sea creature embedded in the stone.
Let’s Protect Her for Generations to Come

There's so much history, culture, and biological diversity to enjoy. It's important that we recognize this and do what we can to put protection in place that guarantees everyone can enjoy Gold Butte today and into the future.

Beautiful Gold Butte!

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About Gold Butte

Gold Butte is located between the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, Arizona, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, just south of the City of Mesquite. It is over 350,000 acres of historical, cultural, and biological resources. Gold Butte is named for the historic mining town and tent city of 1,000 miners in the early 1900’s. The town of Gold Butte, long abandoned, now attracts visitors interested in early pioneer history, ranching and ghost towns.Before the pioneers came Spanish miners on the Old Spanish Trail, and for thousands of years, Native Americans called Gold Butte home.

Volunteer Opportunities

Friends of Gold Butte would love to have you join our growing group of volunteers. We can always use help:

  • Organizing group hikes
  • Sharing our efforts at local events
  • Participating in Gold Butte improvement projects
  • Teaching others about the benefits of protecting natural resources
  • Advocating to influential leaders


Friends of Gold Butte relies on donations from passionate supporters like yourself. Won’t you consider making a donation to continue the great work to preserve Gold Butte for generations to come? You can donate here.


Take Action

Concerned citizens and environmental groups have been working to achieve permanent protection of Gold Butte’s extraordinary resources for 15 years. The time has come to protect Gold Butte as a National Monument. We need you to take action now.


Support for protecting Gold Butte has grown steadily. And recently, we’ve experienced a real groundswell of support among diverse supporters. A recent poll found that 71% of Nevadans support a Gold Butte National Monument.


The City of Mesquite, Clark County Commission, and the Paiute tribes have all passed resolutions of support. They are joined by 40 elected officials, over 60 Nevada businesses, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Resort Association, and many individuals across the United States. A full list of supporters can be found on this link.


Visit our Protect Gold Butte website to sign the petition and for more information on how you can get involved.