Explore Lake Mead Wilderness
Explore the wilderness areas of Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Explore Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s wilderness! Lake Mead NRA has nine designated wilderness areas throughout the 1.5 million acres that form the recreation area. Many of the wilderness areas are remote with limited access, but these listed here are fairly easy to get to and have designated backcountry roads or are off of main roads within the park. Please practice Leave No Trace principles.
It is important to plan well before heading out the door for any adventure. Always let someone know where you will be, who is with you and when you’re coming back. Never hike alone! Always carry extra water with you when driving, biking or hiking. Know what the weather is supposed to be like, and be prepared for sudden changes. Stay safe! Explore Overview PDF
Pipe Spring

Surrounded by majestic granite peaks, Pipe Spring is a secret to most visitors. The geology surrounding this area is composed of granites and metamorphic rock; all about 1.5 billion years old.

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A hidden treasure, Redstone, is found just off of Northshore Road at mile marker 27. Ancient sand dunes have become a modern day geologic wonder.

Black Canyon
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The first nationally designated water trail in the Southwest, Black Canyon Water Trail will delight adventurers of all ages with spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing.

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Boathouse Cove

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Boathouse Cove Road is a 9.1-mile backcountry road that runs from Northshore Road south to the Virgin Basin of Lake Mead. The first couple of miles of the backcountry road is fairly flat then the road gets a little more difficult. A 4X4 is recommended.

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Explore by Houseboat

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Explore the wilderness by water while enjoying many of the comforts of home. Rent a houseboat on Lake Mead or Lake Mohave and cruise across the aqua blue lakes, admiring the preserved lands. Pull up to a cove, and take a day trip into the peaceful backcountry.

Last updated: December 3, 2018

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