Outdoor Activities

Kayaking on Lake Mead
Kayaking on Lake Mead

Photo: NPS


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.

Link: Backcountry Page

Link: Backcountry Maps

Exploring the park on two wheels? Lake Mead NRA has several dirt trails and miles of approved backcountry roads accessible to mountain bikes. Please remember on our established public roads that bicycles are subject to the same traffic rules as automobiles.

Link: Biking Page

NPS Photo

Whether your idea of fun on the water is feeling the wind in your hair or exploring secluded coves, lakes Mead and Mohave, with over 1,000 miles of shoreline, have lots of room for boating and watersports.

Link: Boating Page

Link: Boating Restrictions Maps


Canoeing & Kayaking
A quiet exploration and good workout all in one. With 1,000 miles of shoreline, there are many great coves and canyons to explore.

Link: Canoeing & Kayaking Page

Enjoy relaxing with your line in the water. Whether you like to fish from the shoreline or the water, Lake Mead NRA offers many opportunities to hook the big one.

Some of the best places are only available on foot. With mountains and valleys making up 87% of Lake Mead NRA, there are places to hike and explore for everyone, including some guided hikes.

Hunting is allowed in most of the areas of the park. Our Hunting page has hunting rules and "no hunting" area maps.

Horseback Riding
Horses may be ridden throughout the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Please stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center for suggestions on places to go.

Link: ="" href="/lake/planyourvisit/horsebackridding.htm">Horseback Riding Page

Want a great memory to put in a frame or scrapbook? Lake Mead National Recreation Area has several spots that can help you get a great shot.

Looking for a place to eat outdoors with your family? Lake Mead NRA has many picnic areas you can use.

Scenic Driving
Looking for the blue lake against rugged peaks? Colorful mountains and valleys as far as you can see? Lake Mead NRA has several scenic drives depending on where you are traveling and how much time you have to spend with us.

Scuba Diving
What lies beneath the still waters of lakes Mead and Mohave? There are scuba diving opportunities for both beginners and advanced divers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Link: Scuba Page
On a hot day, the blue water of the lake is a welcome relief. Whether you like to wade, swim, or relax on the shoreline, Lake Mead NRA has several places to go. Wear a lifejacket. No lifeguards are on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Wildlife Watching
Some fly, some walk, some slither. Lake Mead NRA is home to hundreds of species of animal life that are specially adapted to live in the desert. Learn where they live and how best to see them.

Last updated: August 30, 2016

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