Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Once hidden gem, now monument
What great news for Gold Butte and for Nevada (“Gold Butte designated a national monument,” Las Vegas Sun, Dec. 28)! Nevadans have appreciated the recreation opportunities, the recent and ancient history, and the solitude that is unique to Gold Butte for many years. It’s been one of our best-kept secrets. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am the secret is out and Gold Butte is our newest national monument.
Native American tribes enjoyed the rock features, the resources and the location of Gold Butte long before modern Nevadans. One of the best things about Gold Butte is the feeling of being transported back in time, sitting in a shady spot admiring the rock art. The petroglyphs are a mysterious and fascinating piece of Gold Butte’s history. They’re unique, but they contribute to the story of the Native American tribes and their movement across the Southwest.
Thank you to all the groups, individuals and representatives who worked so hard to see this realized; your efforts have paid off, and Nevadans are grateful. Thank you, President Barack Obama, for recognizing the treasure that Nevada has in Gold Butte and for protecting it for the next generations.
The writer is the Southern Nevada program coordinator for Friends of Nevada Wilderness