Exploring the Backcountry
Approved Backcountry Roads
A network of backcountry roads has been developed to provide access to the lakeshore and other areas of interest in the backcountry. Approved roads are signed with a yellow arrow. The black number in the center of the arrow designates the road number. Driving on roads or trails not marked with the yellow arrow is prohibited.
Driving off roads, in washes, or cross country damages the fragile desert soil and is prohibited by National Park Service regulations. Please check with local rangers on the road conditions before driving into the backcountry.
For more information regarding the designated wilderness areas in Lake Mead National Recreation area, please visit the Wilderness page.
Information and Regulations
Backpackers may camp anywhere in the backcountry unless the area is posted as a "No Camping" area. Campsites must be at least 1/2 mile off of designated roads and 100 ft. from any spring, water-hole, seep or other water. Maximum stay in any backcountry camping area is 15 days.
Hunting is allowed in the recreation area except in those areas posted as "No Hunting" zones. Target shooting is prohibited throughout Lake Mead NRA.
Hunting Maps located on Map page
Geocaching is not a permitted activity at Lake Mead NRA.
Collection and removal of natural, historical or cultural objects is prohibited. Please report any resource violations to our dispatch office (702) 293-8998.
For More Information
For Lake Mead National Recreation Area information, please call the Lake Mead Visitor Center at (702) 293-8990 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Lake Mead Visitor Center is located four miles east of Boulder City, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Lakeshore Scenic Drive.
National Park Service dispatch is on duty 24-hours a day.
Did You Know?
In order to manage invasive plants on park lands, 16 Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT's) have been deployed throughout the country. The teams are a new weapon to combat exotic plants. The first test of the EPMT concept was made in 1996 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. More...