Seven Keyholes Canyon |

Gold Butte National Monument

Hiking Seven Keyholes Canyon - Gold Butte National Monument Hiking Seven Keyholes Canyon
Gold Butte National Monument

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RATING: Easy Hike
LENGTH: 2-3 hours

Fri

94 | 69

Sat

94 | 70

Sun

94 | 71

Mon

95 | 71

Tue

93 | 71

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

Fri

94 | 69

Sat

94 | 70

Sun

94 | 71

Mon

95 | 71

Tue

93 | 71

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One of the side keyholes in Seven Keyholes

One of the side keyholes in Seven Keyholes

One of the more stunning places to visit in Gold Butte, in my mind, is Seven Keyholes. The sandstone butte has fractured here and has been weathered by rains and wind over millennia to create a dramatic canyon with a number of cross joints. The name comes from how the canyon has a keyhole like appearance as you ascend it. The canyon is dark and almost cathedral like.

The route visits two canyons, both are short loops. This is a special place that has captivated people's interest for a long time given the amount of rock art adorning the walls. It is easy to imagine people, and especially children, playing in the canyons and on the boulders. Be very respectful when visited to not touch, deface, or otherwise damage the rock art. Pay attention to where you walk, as in some instances it would be easy to walk over rock art.

The top of the second canyon. great views toward Little Finland.

The top of the second canyon. great views toward Little Finland.

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