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    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 »

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  • 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 »

Northshore Hikes

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area's Northshore Road is a beautiful day's drive. A variety of geological sights can be seen along the way. The forces that created this landscape are revealed in the exposed rainbow-colored layers of rock.
 

 
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Critical Information
During the summer months this is a VERY HAZARDOUS activity due to excessive heat. Please consider re-scheduling this hike during the cooler fall and spring months. For more on desert safety please visit our SAFETY PAGE.

 
Opportunities for hiking can be found along Northshore Road. When hiking in the desert, whether for an all day hike or just stretching your legs, follow these important safety tips:

∙ Never hike alone.
∙ Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
∙ Carry at least one gallon of water per person, and drink often!
· Set a nice easy pace, take your time, and enjoy the scenery.

The Wetlands Trail

 
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Location: Mile 1.2 on Northshore Road (Note: Portions of this trail are closed until October 31, 2014. Link: News Release)

Distance: 1.25 miles (1.2 km) Loop Trail Elevation Change:100 ft. (30 m)

Description: Drive north across the bridge over the wash and turn into the gravel parking area on the right. The trail follows a dry wash down to the banks of the flowing creek. Be sure to bring your binoculars to view the bird life!
 

The Wetlands Trail

The Wetlands Trail Lake Mead NRA
 

The Callville Trail

 
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Location: Turn right (south) at Mile 11.1 on Northshore Road (Callville access road) and drive 4 miles to the entrance of the Callville Bay Campground. Trail head starts at the dump station.

Distance: .5 miles (.8 km) Round Trip Elevation Change: 200 ft. (60 m)

Description: A short climb will reward you with a spectacular view from the summit. To the south by Hoover Dam sits Fortification Hill, Boulder Basin, Hemenway Valley, Boulder City, and the River Mountains. Looking west lies the Callville Bay developed area, Callville Mesa, and the Black Mountains.
 

Callville Trail

Callville Trail Lake Mead NRA
 

The Northshore Summit Trail

 
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Location:Trail Mile 20.5 on Northshore Road

Distance: .5 miles (.8 km) Round Trip Elevation Change: 200 ft. (60 m)

Description: Look for hiking and photography signs just past the 20-mile marker on Northshore Road traveling north. The parking area is on the left (north) side of the road. The trail climbs from the parking area to a nearby hilltop with a dramatic panoramic view of the Muddy Mountains, the red rocks of Bowl of Fire, Bitter Springs Valley and the Virgin Basin.
 

Northshore Summit Trail

Northshore Summit Trail Lake Mead NRA
 

The Redstone Trail

 
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Location: Mile 27 on Northshore Road Redstone Picnic Area

Distance: .5 miles (.8 km) Round Trip Elevation Change: None

Description: Wind your way through red sandstone monoliths and learn about the geology of the area. Interpretive signs are provided along the trail. Begin your hike at the Redstone Picnic Area.
 

Redstone Trail

The Redstone Trail Lake Mead NRA
 

The Rogers Spring Trail

 
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Location: Mile 40 on Northshore Road

Distance: .75 miles (1.2 km) Round Trip Elevation Change: 100 ft. (30 m)

Description: Step on to this scenic trail at Rogers Spring picnic area, a beautiful oasis and warm spring. Cross the bridge over the stream and look for the trail leading upwards to the right. An easy climb takes you up to a stunning overlook.
 

Rogers Spring Trail

Rogers Spring Trail Lake Mead NRA
 

 
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Did You Know?

Scenic picture of Wilderness in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

"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