White Butte

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White Butte
White butte (1).JPG
A view of the shark fin rock from the top of the butte
Highest point
Elevation 3,508 ft (1,069 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 546 ft (166 m) [1]
Listing U.S. state high point 30th
Coordinates 46°23′12″N 103°18′09″W / 46.386676°N 103.3024015°W / 46.386676; -103.3024015Coordinates: 46°23′12″N 103°18′09″W / 46.386676°N 103.3024015°W / 46.386676; -103.3024015[2]
Topo map USGS Amidon
Easiest route Hike (cattle trail)

White Butte is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of North Dakota. At an elevation of 3,506 ft (1,069 m), it is a prominent butte in Slope County, in the Badlands of the southwestern part of the state. It is located 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of US 85 and about 6.5 mi (10 km) south of Amidon.

The nearest town is Amidon, about seven miles to the northwest. The summit is located within the boundaries of the Little Missouri National Grassland and is about 35 miles (56 km) south of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is on private property, owned by the Dennis family who live nearby. At the trailhead, the family maintains a small mailbox-like receptacle for donations to help maintain the area, and requests a $5 contribution from visitors.[3]

The Killdeer Mountains,[4] 75 miles (121 km) to the north, rise 900 feet (270 m) from their foothills, but are 225 feet (69 m) shorter than White Butte.

Looking to the west from the trail.

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  1. ^ a b "White Butte, North Dakota". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ "White Butte". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Highpointers e-news of September 23, 2010". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Killdeer Mountains, North Dakota". Peakbagger.com. 

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