• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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Muddy Mountains Wilderness

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A scenic photo of the Muddy Mountains

The Muddy Mountains

This region of shadowy slot canyons, mind-bending geological formations and expansive views of Lake Mead is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Solitude and silence are common throughout the 3,521 acres of narrow canyons and gravelly washes found inside Lake Mead NRA. The landscape here displays a thriving Mojave Desert habitat of creosote bush, black brush, yucca, Joshua tree and desert willow. Watch for bighorn sheep, the banded Gila monster and the desert tortoise.

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Scenic view over looking Lake Mohave

With more than 700 miles of shoreline, Lake Mead offers countless opportunities for exploration. One can return to Lake Mead National Recreation Area again and again to a favorite cove or hideaway in which to enjoy the special solitude, where water and desert contrast and complement each other.