Formed one and a half to two and a half million years ago, the Sutter Buttes are the world’s smallest complete mountain range and can be seen for miles around.
Many Maidu Indian villages were once located near the Buttes, and the Indians called them the Spirit Mountains believing that their spirits went there after death.
The Buttes were also an important lookout point for early pioneers and military scouts, and today are enjoyed by thousands who annually come to photograph or capture their beauty on canvas. Scenic drive markers direct motorists around the exterior of the Buttes.
2 miles from Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
Privately owned; tours are available