Mud Wash Dunes and Lollipop Panel | Gold Butte National Monument

Hiking Mud Wash Dunes and Lollipop Panel - Gold Butte National Monument Hiking Mud Wash Dunes and Lollipop Panel

Gold Butte National Monument

Overview

RATING: Easy Hike

Fri

Sunny, with a high near 110. Heat index values as high as 106. South southwest wind 2 to 9 mph.

110 | 85

Sat

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Sunny, with a high near 111.

111 | 87

Sun

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 111.

111 | 86

Mon

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 109.

109 | 86

Tue

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 109.

109 | 85

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SEASON: Fall, Winter, Spring (Hot in summer)
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Fri

Sunny, with a high near 110. Heat index values as high as 106. South southwest wind 2 to 9 mph.

110 | 85

Sat

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Sunny, with a high near 111.

111 | 87

Sun

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 111.

111 | 86

Mon

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 109.

109 | 86

Tue

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 109.

109 | 85

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Sand and sandstone on the way to the lollipop panel.

Sand and sandstone on the way to the lollipop panel.

The short side road leaving Mud Wash intrigued me the on our first trip to Gold Butte National Monument, but we did not have time to check it out. On our second trip, we followed the road to its end, then hiked the old road that is now closed and has become worn social trail beyond. The trail, on the east side of the Little Finland formation, follows the base of the sandstone formation to its northern tip to visit the Lollipop Panel. This panel appears to be quite old, and an interesting mix of figures. It is easy to see where the name comes from!

We enjoyed the panel, but along the way are a long series of stunning sand dunes. Running, playing, and just lounging on the sand on a warm winter day was decadent. The mix of colors from red, white, and grey geology that surrounds the trail is, to my eye, very stunning. A lone burro wandering the flats to the east added to the atmosphere.

Heading out toward the panel on the old road.

Heading out toward the panel on the old road.

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