How to Explore

Gold Butte follows a set of principles that apply to mindful recreation in public lands known as Leave No Trace (LNT). LNT practices enable us to protect the natural qualities that attracted us there. This approach requires a willingness to learn and commit knowledge to action. Flexibility, judgment and experience are critical, as LNT techniques depend just as much on attitude and awareness as they do on knowledge of rules and regulations.

To read up on Leave No Trace practices or to download the brochure before venturing into Gold Butte, click here.

Keep in mind while exploring that Gold Butte contains many unique environments; from our interesting soils to our archaeological sites to our endangered plant and animal species, it is important to preserve the area for future generations. While a slight disturbance might not seem like a big deal, if everyone slightly changes the landscape, it will be completely different in time.

Where to Explore

Gold Butte is located in northeast Clark County, Nevada between the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon – Parashant National Monument in Arizona. The Gold Butte region covers 350,000 acres. There are no services in Gold Butte and few information kiosks. Gold Butte is managed by the BLM as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Visitors to Gold Butte should only drive on designated routes.

Directions to Gold Butte

Traveling north (from Las Vegas) or south (from Mesquite) on Interstate 15, take Exit 112 (Riverside/Bunkerville) and go south for 3 miles. Cross the bridge over the Virgin River and turn west on the first road past the bridge, Gold Butte Road.

The Gold Butte Road is roughly paved for 21 miles. As you travel this road, you pass farms along the river, a homestead at an oasis, and eventually see Lake Mead to the west and the Virgin Mountains to the east. The paved road ends at the Whitney Pockets area. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for travel beyond this point.

Gold Butte Maps and Guides

Bird and Hike has an impressive list of hiking and driving adventures available within Gold Butte National Monument. For a physical map, either download below or purchase one from Friends of Gold Butte for $10.00. Please email info@friendsofgoldbutte for more information.

Map of Gold Butte