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..
The Friends of Gold Butte are pleased to introduce two new members to the board of directors: James & Jennifer Conwell. Jennifer Conwell, originally from Minnesota, grew up swimming and boating in the lakes region. After graduating from the US Military Academy in 1987, she met and married her husband, James, while both were stationed..
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..
GOLD BUTTE ROAD CONDITIONS Conditions are subject to change — use your own good judgment. With the lack of rain during 2020, most roads remain about as they were in 2019, but with more washboarding. Gold Butte Back Country Byway. The Byway is composed of several roads: Gold Butte Road (paved section and unpaved..
In support of National Public Lands Day, Extreme Terrain provided $250 to support the ongoing trash cleanup efforts by Friends of Gold Butte. A group of about 20 volunteers worked on various sites in Gold Butte National Monument on Saturday, September 26th for a National Public Lands Day project coordinated by BLM (Bureau of Land..
On this day we celebrate our local neighbor, the desert tortoise. The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassazii), a very shell-tered reptile, is long-time resident of the Mojave Desert. Once common throughout its range, the desert tortoise has been under protection of the Endangered Species Act since 1990 due to a dramatic decline in their population numbers…