In The Desert
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Gold Butte, Nevada
Mesquite, Radio Crystal Mine
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Everybody has heard of the Gold Butte Mine and the old ghost town (that no longer exists)! This whole area is called "Gold Butte". What got us looking at this area? Usually it's something, a place, mine or just scenery that we'd heard about. It was the "radio crystal mine".
When I was a kid I built a crystal radio kit and just lately heard about a mine named the "Radio Crystal Mine". Who knows maybe the crystal in my old crystal radio kit came from there. This mine was worked in the 1930's and it's primary purpose was "gold" mining. It was also known as the "Webster Mine" in later years. Well we needed an excuse to go and find it. So we did.
5 vehicles and the following people went: Don & Linda, Bud & Carol, Dan & Lynn, Bruce & Teresa, Justin & Bryton.
Trip log data - from Mesquite down to Gold Butte and around the southern loop and back to Gold Butte, 68.8 miles one way - elapsed time was 5 hrs. 42 min. Avg. speed 12 mph. This doesn't include the mileage or time back to Mesquite from Gold Butte.
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Enlarged topo map below!
Gold Butte Topography Maps
This map is just an overview of the area in Nevada and where we went.
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After watching the above video you may want to know more about the "Coyote Melons"? People do find these but they are not very widespread though out the desert.
Visit our "Plants Page" for more.
This was a very interesting and scenic trip in the Gold Butte area. You should really take this trip soon. There are groups that would like to see this area closed to vehicular traffic. Some areas are already closed that use to be open. Here's 2 other trips into this area that are both very popular ----
Download the GPX, zip file here --
Trip Images, History
In the Desert Trip Date - Dec. 9th, 2016
St. George Jeepers Trip Date - Feb. 21st, 2017
This trip in the desert was originally published by "Bud" Sanders for the St. George Jeepers and is published here with Bud Sanders permission.
Not long after we went looking for the Radio Crystal Mine, Bud Sanders and the St. George Jeepers took the same trip on the same trails. Bud published this PDF file of their trip, and as is customary, Bud enhanced a lot of the details and history behind the different areas involved, plus added more photos and other significant finds in this remote area. If you want to know more about the area then download this excellent PDF.
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Gold Butte, Nevada (PDF)