The 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.
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.
Enjoying 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.