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.

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 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.

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

Our Sponsors


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

Many groups and individuals have been working for the protection of Gold Butte’s extraordinary resources for many years. The time has come for the Gold Butte National Conservation Area and Wilderness designation, and we need you to take action now.


Over the last ten years, support for protecting Gold Butte has grown steadily. And recently, we’ve experienced a real groundswell of support among diverse supporters.


The City of Mesquite, Clark County Commission and the Paiute tribes have all passed resolutions of support and send positive messages to our representatives about the overwhelming need to introduce legislation this year.

Gold Butte is finally getting the recognition it deserves with bills introduced by both Senator Reid and Congressman Horsford!


Send your thanks today!