• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • Important Notice to Mariners

    Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »

  • Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage

    Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. More »

  • Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed

    A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, through Sept. 11. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »

  • Summer Fire Rules in Effect

    Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »

Bridge Canyon Wilderness

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Petroglyphs by early Indians in the Bridge Canyon Wilderness

Petroglyphs by early Native Americans in the Bridge Canyon - Picture taken by Brian Beffort

The Newberry Mountains, which rise to an elevation of 5,600 feet, offer a cool refuge from the heat of the surrounding desert lowlands. These imposing mountains contain wilderness strewn with rugged granite boulders, steep canyons and intermittent springs and seeps. The rock outcrops and caves make this area very striking. Stands of cottonwood trees can be found along the Grapevine Wash and Sacatone Wash water courses. Canyon grape, cattails and rushes grow in Grapevine Canyon. Discover the petroglyphs of early Native Americans in the canyon along with majestic bighorn sheep and the clever coyote. Reptiles include the Western chuckwalla, side-blotched lizard, Gila monster, rattlesnakes and a desert tortoise habitat.

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A wash in a Wilderness Area

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." -- Nelson Mandela