• 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, beginning Aug. 1. 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 »

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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Mountain Memories

The Escape Artist VIDEO:
The Escape Artist

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.

Explore Lake Mead Wilderness!


Did You Know?

Poppies in the Nellis Wash Wilderness

"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." -- John Updike