Recreation in Wilderness Areas
How is wilderness managed differently?
Wilderness areas are managed in such a way that they are unhindered and free from intentional modern human control or manipulation. In other words, the imprint of humans goes largely unnoticed. This is achieved by encouraging primitive recreation, minimal tool allowances and enhancing the naturalness of an area. Change occurs generally by natural disturbance only.
Wilderness units offer the chance to seek remoteness, freedom, risk, and the physical and emotional challenges of self-discovery and self-reliance. Nature takes the lead and humans follow when journeying into the wild.
You do not need a permit to access National Park Service Wilderness Areas in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. For the areas jointly managed with the Bureau of Land Management, permits may be required.
Fishing or Hunting
Horses or Pack Animals
Rock climbing is at your own risk. No permanent means of support can be left in place on the route.
Did You Know?
"The wilderness . . . that has come to us from the eternity of the past we have the boldness to project into the eternity of the future. It seems presumptuous for men and women . . . to dare to undertake a program for perpetuity, but that surely is our challenge." -- Howard Zahniser