Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) live throughout Gold Butte, but must remain fairly close to water (e.g., Lake Mead, mountain springs). Look for Bighorns on ridgelines and near rocky cliffs where they feel safe from predators. Desert Bighorn Sheep are large sheep of desert mountains with a tan coat and white rump. Adult males are..

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Gold Butte NM dark skies map

Below is a Gold Butte National Monument area dark skies map.  Gold butte is only slightly impacted by Las Vegas and Mesquite; so it has minimal light pollution making a good location for amateur astronomers, astrophotography and night skies photography. Here is a link to a full dark skies map for the world: https://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html#7/36.364/-115.763 — Mitchel..

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Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoises, the only land turtles in Nevada, live throughout Gold Butte from the lowest elevations to about 4,500 feet elevation. Tortoise populations are declining throughout much of their range, but they are doing particularly well on the slopes above Mesquite leading into the foothills of the Virgin Mountains.Desert Tortoises have a moderately domed, brownish shell..

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The Geology of Gold Butte National Monument―a thumbnail sketch

by Steve Rowland Emeritus Professor of Geology, UNLV The most common and conspicuous rocks exposed in Gold Butte National Monument can be lumped into three groups: (1) Jurassic windblown sandstone, (2) Paleozoic marine limestone, and (3) pre-Cambrian granite and metamorphic rocks. Each of these groups is briefly described below.  The Jurassic sandstones (belonging to the..

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Friends of Gold Butte Names New Operations Manager

For Immediate ReleaseMonday April 29, 2019 Media Contact:Geoffrey Frasz, President, Friends of Gold ButteGeoffrey.Frasz@csn.edu702-403-0238 MESQUITE, NEVADA –Friends of Gold Butte (FoGB), has named Brenda Slocumb, outreach and volunteer coordinator of FoGB, as new Operations Manager. She succeeds Jaina Moan, who is working for the Nature Conservancy. Slocumb will take office May 1st.  Brenda Slocumb has..

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