• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • 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 »

  • Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed

    A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, through Sept. 11. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »

  • Summer Fire Rules in Effect

    Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »

Horseback Riding

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Horseback riding is allowed at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are many trails and marked backcountry roads perfect for riding with only a few limitations (see below).

The use of horses or pack animals is allowed on the following trails routes or areas:

Horses and pack animals may be ridden or used throughout the recreation area except in picnic areas, campgrounds and:

  • Boulder Beach, along the beach from the Causeway/Dive Park south to Special Events Beach.
  • Callville Bay 1/4 mile from the developed area along the beach.
  • Echo Bay 1/4 mile north of the launch ramp along the beach to the launch ramp not including the road way.
  • Temple Bar 1/4 mile on each side of the launch ramp along the beach area.
  • Katherine Landing along the beach in the areas known as South Telephone Cove.
  • Cottonwood Cove along the beach within the harbor limits not including the road or paved areas.
  • Willow Beach from the fish hatchery to the south parking lot not including the roadway.
    Please stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center for suggestions.

Plan your visit by starting on our Visitor Services Page. Here you will find useful links to everything from where to rent kayaks to boat repair and other services offered by permittees in the park.


Go to the Map page to view Backcountry road maps for trail opportunities.

Did You Know?

Geometric Petroglyphs on rocks

As early as 3,000 years ago, people inhabiting the Southwest began chiseling and painting pictures on rocks and cliff walls. Preserved by the dry climate, much of this rock art ranging from complicated geometric designs to huge figures, remains to puzzle, astonish, and awe modern-day viewers.