Have you ever visited Gold Butte National Monument (GBNM) during summer? There is no way to sugar coat it: to us, the heat is brutal and unrelenting! Now imagine that this is where you live. For the plants and animals that live in GBNM, survival depends on various physical adaptations and behavioral strategies. The key..
NVSHPO Regional Coordinators, Betty Conway & Michele Burkett Gold Butte National Monument contains a great number of cultural and historic treasures. If you have spent time in Gold Butte hiking you probably have viewed some of these amazing reminders of those who came before us. Unfortunately, these treasures are subject to vandalism, theft, and natural..
It is almost that time of year for the much beloved Perseid meteor shower. This year it will be active from July 17 to August 24 with the peak around August 11/12. The “experts” tell you to look at the constellation Perseus as the radiant point, but I say just get your best lounge chair,..
“Be prepared! A stitch in time saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Okay, we’ve all heard sayings like these, but do they have any relevance to Gold Butte National Monument (GBNM)? I would argue that they do. Even more so, than places like Zion National Park or Death Valley..
As winter approaches and the Milky Way core takes a vacation in the southern hemisphere our friend Dave Ward reminds us that “clear frosty nights bring out the brightest stars of the year to dazzle us”. One must say that watching Orion’s Belt rise just after dark in the east is awe inspiring and checking..
Dave WardNovember, 2020 Winter may bring short, cold days, but on a clear frosty night the brightest stars of the year dazzle us. If you really want to see them in their glory, be sure to get away from distracting lights. The stars, bright though they may be, can not compete with Rudolf’s blinking red..
It is that time of year where the Milky Way (actually The Carina–Sagittarius Arm, but that is a subject for another time) emerges from its winter in the Southern Hemisphere and begins to show its galactic center in our northern latitudes. Starting in February it rises in the South-East around 2 AM and rises earlier each..
When night falls out at Gold Butte N.M., do not just crawl into your tent and give up on the natural beauty of our scenic national monument. Some of the best treasures of our public lands in remote places come on display after dark. If you are enjoying a campfire, step away from it for..
Hollow-pipe mining-claim markers were set up by prospectors during about 1970 to 1990 to mark the corners of their claims. Prior to that time, prospectors in the western deserts used piles of stones (cairns) as corner markers. As would be expected, looking for a pile of stones in the desert, which many people feel is “just..
My wife, Susan, and I love sunsets. We love to watch the sunset, and we love to photograph the sunset. We have photographed sunsets from Isle au Haut in Acadia, to Glacier Bay N.P. in Alaska; from the eastern tip of St. Croix to the westernmost shore of Kauai. We have taken pictures of beach..