• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY

    The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. More »

  • 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 »

Las Vegas Bearpoppy

Arctomecon californica

Las Vegas Bear Poppy

Although it has 'californica' in it's name, this plant is not present in California. The Las Vegas Bearpoppy's habitat is found in the harshest and driest soils in the Mojave Desert, where few other plants survive. They especially favor soils with a high gypsum content.
The plants consist of one or more clusters of basal rosette leaves with a generally light blue or grey appearance. The leaves are generally wedge-shaped, with the end of each divided into several teeth and entirely covered with long hairs 5-15 mm in length, looking like a little bear paw.

 
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Did You Know?

Jimbilnan Wilderness - taken by Brian Beffort

"In a country where nature has been so lavish and where we have been so spendthrift of indigenous beauty, to set aside a few rivers in their natural state should be considered an obligation." -- Senator Frank Church