One of my favourite photography spots in Nevada has recently become one of the USA’s newest National Monuments: Gold Butte National Monument. It’s not hard to see why. It covers almost 300,000 acres of the Mojave Desert and it’s the only place I have been where you can see rock striped with all the colours of the rainbow and Joshua Trees at the same time.
The rock is similar to what you’ll find at the nearby Valley of Fire State Park, but because of the higher elevation, the Joshua Trees enjoy this land too. The combination makes a unique canvas for photography.
Ray and I were introduced to this place a few years ago by a reader of this blog who owns a small RV park in Moapa, Nevada. Don invited us to his park when he saw us coming his way, and was kind enough to share quite a few outstanding photo locations with me! I had no idea Nevada was so beautiful. Now we stop there almost every year to do some exploring and see what new things we can find.
Known as Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon, this incredible landscape and the wildlife that live there will now be preserved and protected for the future. The monument is open for all sorts of recreation such as hiking, horseback riding and camping while at the same time is closed to industrial development.
The photos in this post were all made in an area within the monument known as Whitney Pocket.
This is our camping spot in the monument. You can see us as well as some of our friends who came by with their horses for the day.
You can dry camp there, but if you require hook-ups, you might want to check out my friend Don’s RV park which is conveniently located in between Gold Butte and the Valley of Fire and you can easily day-trip to both places from there. You’ll find Palm Creek RV Resort in a beautiful oasis with a warm spring running through it in Moapa, Nevada.