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    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness

Wilderness 50The Wilderness Act, signed into law Sept. 3, 1964, created the National Wilderness Preservation System and recognized wilderness as an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has nine designated wilderness areas.

Lake Mead NRA Wilderness Jimbilnan Wilderness
Muddy Mountains Wilderness
Pinto Valley Wilderness

Black Canyon Wilderness
Eldorado Wilderness
Ireteba Peaks Wilderness
Nellis Wash Wilderness
Spirit Mountain Wilderness
Bridge Canyon Wilderness

Wilderness 50 Fact Sheet

Recreate in the Wild


Wilderness areas are managed by encouraging primitive recreation, minimal tool allowances and enhancing the naturalness of an area. At Lake Mead NRA, people are welcome to hike, camp, hunt, fish and horseback ride with minor restrictions.

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Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate

Wilderness is closer
than you think

4-wheel-driveEnjoying wilderness doesn’t have to mean a long road trip. Some of Lake Mead’s most beautiful wilderness areas are only 30 miles from Las Vegas. Spirit Mountain is less than 15 miles from Laughlin, Nev., and Bullhead City, Ariz.
Motorized vehicles and bicycles are only allowed on approved backcountry roads signed with a yellow arrow. Many roads provide access to wilderness areas.

Did You Know?

A flowering Mohave Yucca

The Native Americans utilized the many resources the Mojave Desert offered. The Mojave yucca provided materials for mats, sandals, nets, baskets, and rope. Its cucumber-like fruit was an important food source in the spring.