• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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    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 »

Spirit Mountain Wilderness

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Spirt Mountain in the Spirt Mountain Wilderness - photo taken by Brian Beffort

Spirt Mountain in the Spirt Mountain Wilderness - photo taken by Brian Beffort

Also located in the Newberry Mountains, this area contains granite boulders and rock outcrops. There is a place held sacred to the Native American cultures found in this area. The mountain plays a prominent role in the religion and mythology of the Yuman tribes of the lower Colorado River. They believe it is their spiritual birthplace. The Amacava people (ancestors of the modern day Mojave peoples) and perhaps, Southern Paiute people also camped here periodically. Members of the Yuman tribes continue to use the area according to their traditions. This wilderness area is jointly managed with the Bureau of Land Management.

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