• 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 »

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?

A Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep live in matriarchal societies. A dominant female leads a herd, which for much of the year consists primarily of ewes and their lambs. The rams tend to stay together in bachelor groups until the summer breeding season.