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Gold Butte National Monument, NV (Oct 3rd - Oct 9th 2021)

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Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art, and the desert provides critical habitat. Gold Butte National Monument offers cultural, natural and historical experiences and is popular for outdoor recreation. Visitors to the monument can hike to rock art sites, drive the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway to the area’s namesake mining ghost town, hunt desert bighorn sheep, or tour the area’s peaks and canyons on horseback.

Gold Butte National Monument fills a gap between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, creating a continuous swath of conserved land and establishing a wildlife corridor. Significant wildlife within the borders of the park includes Mojave Desert tortoise (a threatened species), bighorn sheep, and mountain lion, as well as Gambel's quail and chukar partridge. Important cultural and natural resources within the monument include rock art and sandstone formations. Within the park, "weather-chiseled red sandstone is incised with ancient rock art, and the remains of rock shelters and hearths, agave roasting pits and projectile points" may be found.

As stated in the presidential proclamation creating the monument, the area remains open for recreation, including hiking, hunting, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, off-highway driving and bicycling on designated roads and trails, sightseeing, the gathering of minerals and other materials important to native peoples who have lived on this lands for thousands of years, and other recreational uses. The area is now closed to industrial development, ensuring that the land is available for recreation.

Volunteer your time to this compelling and rich public land. This project will entail sign installation and maintenance, and restoration on closed motorized trails in the Mud Wash area of Red Rock Springs. We'll spend the week dispersed camping in the Whitney Pocket area where we'll make the daily 15-mile RT driving commute to our job site. Applicants should also expect to hike no more than 3 miles RT daily as we move along the wash.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.

Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information, visit the Gold Butte National Monument site.


Oct 3rd - Oct 9th 2021

Service Project

Invasives removal; restorative work.

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Free Days

Hiking, archaeological & cultural sites, wildlife viewing, relaxing.


Tent camping near cars.

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : ~ 3-mi hike RT daily. Digging, lifting, bending, hauling, pulling, etc.


Michele Burkett
Aidalicia Swertfeger

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