Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada
Located in southeastern Nevada, Gold Butte is a treasure trove of cultural, historic, and natural wonders. These wonders include thousands of Native American artifacts; historic mining- and pioneer-era artifacts; rare and threatened wildlife such as the Mojave Desert tortoise and desert bighorn sheep; dramatic geologic features like sculpted red sandstone and rock spires; and fossil track-sites dating back 170 to 180 million years.
For decades Southern Nevadans worked to protect the nationally significant cultural, historic, and natural treasures in Gold Butte. The area is sacred to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and includes thousands of petroglyphs, and traces of human habitation, such as prehistoric petroglyphs and shelters, dating back over 12,000 years.
The Gold Butte National Monument is an amazing place home to multiple uses where people can experience the great outdoors, through hiking, hunting, birding, camping, and ORV riding on designated trails. Protecting special places like Gold Butte National Monument encourages tourism, increases expenditures at local businesses, and creates a desirable place for people to live and work. Nevadans have a lot to gain by protecting our public lands. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy is responsible for $14.9 billion in consumer spending and 147,600 direct jobs in Nevada.
Making an economic study by Applied Analysis found that if just 10% of new visitors to Gold Butte decided to spend the night in Mesquite, the total economic impact for the community would be $2.7 million per year.