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Driving Tour to Gold Butte Townsite

February 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Jim Boone and Karen Adams for an 80-mile driving tour of Gold Butte. From our meeting place, we will drive 21 miles on the paved Gold Butte Road to Whitney Pocket. From there, we will continue south another 20 miles on the unpaved Gold Butte Road to Gold Butte Townsite. We will stop at points of interest along the way, and after visiting two or three areas at the historic townsite, we will return the way we came.

For more information and photos of what we will see:

Gold Butte Road — Paved Section

Gold Butte Road — Unpaved Section

Gold Butte Townsite

We will carpool, and drivers with medium-clearance or higher vehicles (e.g., pickup trucks, SUVs, Subaru Forester, Honda CRV) will be asked to drive. Four-wheel-drive is not necessary.

Friends of Gold Butte events are free and open to the public. For all events, please wear sensible shoes, comfortable clothes, and a hat. Don’t forget a full tank of gas, and bring water, lunch, and sunscreen. There are no gas stations, stores, or facilities in Gold Butte; be prepared to pee in the bushes. Cell phones do not work in most areas. On this trip, hiking will be minimal, and people who don’t want to walk about are welcome to come along and see the landscape from a vehicle. Dogs in your own vehicle are welcome. Jim Boone is an ecologist and author of birdandhike.com, a website about birding and hiking around Las Vegas, with information about what people will see and experience out on the land. He has extensive knowledge of the Gold Butte area. Karen Adams is a season Park Service interpretive ranger. Both are on the Board of Directors for Friends of Gold Butte.


At the kiosk
Junction of Highway 170 & Gold Butte Rd.
Mesquite, NV US
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