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Please read entire description. Join Paul Kamberis, Mike Casper, Steven and Claudia Alexander on an all day run to Gold Butte and Little Finland. Gold Butte, 9 miles southwest of Mesquite, was a well established gold mining town by 1906. It quickly turned into a ghost town after 1910 even after all the efforts made by the Gold Butte Mercantile, Townsite & Mining Company. The company infused over $500,000 (almost $12 million in today's money) to grow the town for tourism which failed. Little Finland is scenic red rock area with very unique and delicate formations. Seeps at the base of the formation sustain several palm trees. A short hike will lead to some very old petroglyphs. Devil's throat is a huge sinkhole located near the end of the spur loop. This is an easy run for Stock Jeeps and the trail is rated 1's & 2's. It is an all day trip so plan to bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. We will meet at the Flying J station where you can top off your fuel and get any last minute snacks. Please be ready for an 8 am take off. There is an option to camp overnight on Saturday night. If you plan on camping, and you have a trailer, please take your trailer out Friday night to Whitney Pockets. Steven and Claudia will be out there Friday and Saturday night. This run is going to coincide with the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument: Tassi Ranch run hosted by Derrick Goern on February 17th. Steven and Claudia Alexander will be camping at Whitney Pockets Saturday night, February 16th. You will need to sign up for the Tassi Ranch run separately if you are going to camp out and do both runs. Please contact me if you have any questions.
PLEASE READ THE FULL RUN DESCRIPTION: Definitely a good first time beginner's run! This trip is about 22 miles of off road driving. There is NO DESERT PINSTRIPING on this run. THIS RUN IS FOR FIRST TIME OFF-ROADERS, we will cover how to air down and back up, when to go into 4 wheel low/high, how to approach a steep hill climb or descent along with any tools and equipment you will need for future runs. It is recommended you have a CB radio but is not required for this run. If you have been on this run before you will not be automatically allowed on the run. Please message either Darren or Paul if you are not a beginner and want to go on this run, we will waitlist you and move you over if there are spots left a few days prior to the run. We still have other level 1 or 2 runs that you can attend. We want to afford first timers a chance to get a feel for off-roading. Thank you for understanding. Kodachrome and Rainbow Gardens are a formation of very colorful red, tan,blue, green and white rocks and is the oldest stratum of rock in the Horse Spring's Formation deposited over 17 million years ago. Lava Butte is made up of volcanic rock magma deposited there over 13 million years ago. Gypsum has been mined in the area in and around both the Gardens and Lava Butte for many years and Lava Butte had it's fifteen minutes of fame in the James Bond Movie "Diamonds Are Forever". We will be entering the area and going to Kodachrome first, looping around to Lava Butte and then going back out via Rainbow Gardens. Bring plenty of water, snacks, cameras, and any questions you may have!