Who can join the Friends of Gold Butte?
Membership in the Friends of Gold Butte is open to anyone who shares our vision and goals. We are working closely with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the US Geological Survey on stewardship opportunities. There is broad support from the archaeology, conservation and wilderness communities.
What is a National Conservation Area (NCA)?
- National Conservation Areas are designated by Congress to conserve, protect, enhance, and manage public land areas for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. NCAs feature exceptional natural, recreational, cultural, wildlife, aquatic, archeological, paleontological, historical, educational or scientific resources.
What is the benefit of National Conservation Area designation?
- National Conservation Area designation will insure the Bureau of Land Management preserves the natural and cultural resources by establishing a comprehensive management plan for the area. Legislation could also set aside funding for education, facilities and increase law enforcement.
How can I help to protect Gold Butte?
- Friends of Gold Butte is working with individuals, organizations and our Congressional Delegation to permanently protect the resources of Gold Butte. We conduct monthly meetings, service projects and hikes to the area. Writing your Congressman and Senators expressing your concern for this area is essential to moving forward with the designation of National Conservation Area. Take Action
How do I get to Gold Butte?
- Gold Butte is located in northeast Clark County between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument. Traveling from Interstate 15 exit at 112 Riverside/Bunkerville exit and go south; cross the bridge over the Virgin River and turn west on the first road past the bridge. As you travel this lightly maintained oiled road you will pass farms along the river, a homestead at an Oasis and eventually see Lake Mead to the west and Virgin Mountains to the east. The entire area is known as Gold Butte.
What do I need to know before I visit Gold Butte?
- Gold Butte is 360,000 acres of public lands designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern by the Bureau of Land Management. This designation is for tortoise habitat, cultural and historical resources and natural, scenic and botanical qualities. There are no restroom facilities or water available. The terrain is rugged and high clearance and 4×4 are required for many of the back roads. All vehicles must stay on designated routes. A map of the area is essential. Recommended are the 100,000 BLM Overton map, the 1000,000 BLM Lake Mead map and the Arizona Strip map (borders Gold Butte, N). These maps are available at the BLM office and Jadde Sports in Mesquite.