Parts of Sand Mountain Recreation Area in western Nevadad have been closed to help protect "blue butterflies."
Sand Mountain is one of the largest sand dunes in the West and the closure affects about
six square milesof the dunes. The shrubs at the dunes are the only known home of the "blue butterfly."
The dunes are
600 feet talland stretch for
two miles. Their
200 milesof trails "attract an estimated
Despite the closures, "some conservationists said that even with
80 percentof the dunes closed, there still will be too much intrusion and that more protection is warranted."
Sand Mountain is located along US Hwy-50 in Nevada. US Hwy-50 across Nevada is considered the loneliest road in America. The loneliest phone, which does work, is located at the entrance to Sand Mountain. It was on this road trip that we got stuck at Black Rock desert.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 24 March 2007