Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) is a unit of the National Park Service that has been set aside to provide recreation for visitors and to preserve the wildlife, vegetation, cultural and natural resources for future generations.
A network of backcountry roads has been developed to provide access to the lakeshore and other areas of interest in the backcountry. Approved roads are signed with a yellow arrow. The black number in the center of the arrow designates the road number. Driving on roads or trails not marked with the yellow arrow is prohibited.
With hundreds of miles of backcountry roads conditions can change without notice. Please travel on backcountry roads with caution. Driving off roads, in washes, or cross country damages the fragile desert soil and is prohibited by National Park Service regulations.
For more information regarding the designated wilderness areas in Lake Mead National Recreation area, please visit the Wilderness page.
Please help preserve Lake Mead NRA by staying on approved roads, respecting the rights of other visitors, and carrying out all trash and litter. Many marinas carry trash cans and dumpsters located around the park.
Safety Check List
Note: cell phone coverage may be minimal or non-existent.
For More Information
For Lake Mead National Recreation Area information, please call the Lake Mead Visitor Center at (702) 293-8990 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week. The Lake Mead Visitor Center is located four miles east of Boulder City, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Lakeshore Road.
For Emergencies Call 911
1(800) 680-5851 or (702) 293-8932
If you have comments on backcountry road conditions please contact us.
Last updated: February 12, 2020