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Hiking in the wilderness' namesake, Arrow Canyon Wilderness - Photo courtesy Nick WalendziakArrow Canyon Wilderness
Arrow Canyon Wilderness is an intriguing landscape with distinct eye-catching landforms, including Arrow Canyon Range, one of the most scenic ranges in southern Nevada. The western face of the range is a spectacular cliff marked with dramatic bands of quartzite and limestone arching across its length. The central portion of this area contains a wide valley cut by numerous washes, providing endless panoramas. The northeast section showcases spectacular Arrow Canyon, which is several miles long and confined by sheer canyon walls that are so tall and close together that sunlight rarely reaches the bottom....more>>


Colorful and intricate web of peaks, gentle slopes of lava flows, and craggy cliffs, Eldorado Wilderness - Photo courtesy Sendi KalcicEldorado Wilderness
This area is an intricate web of peaks, gentle slopes of lava flows and eroded basalt, and side canyons with craggy cliffs. The 31,950 acres of Eldorado Wilderness is adjacent to the National Park Service administered Black Canyon Wilderness, separated only by a transmission line corridor. The eastern edge of the wilderness hugs the contours of the Colorado River. Eldorado is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service....more>>


Numerous canyons give way to gentle sloping bajadas as it drains east to the Colorado River, Ireteba Peaks Wilderness - Photo Sendi Kalcic, BLMIreteba Peaks Wilderness
Whether you are looking for a new area to explore or a chance to seek refuge for the day, Ireteba Peaks Wilderness is a place to reconnect with the land. Named after Ireteba, a Mojave tribal leader who guided Lieutenant J.C. Ives on his expedition up the Colorado River, this wilderness is 50 miles south of Las Vegas. The 32,745 acre wilderness contains the southern portion of the Eldorado Mountains as well as the Opal Mountains. Co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, it is filled with eye-catching colorful landscapes, scenic vistas, secluded valleys, and flat alluvial fans....more>>


Coarse grained granitic domes dot the landscape of the wilderness, Jumbo Springs Wilderness - Photo Sendi Kalcic, BLMJumbo Springs Wilderness
Jumbo Springs Wilderness is a small area that offers fantastic panoramic views of Lake Mead and the lower reaches of the Grand Canyon. As the crow flies, Jumbo Springs Wilderness is a relatively short distance from Las Vegas, Nevada. However, by car, this wilderness is one of the most remote areas in southern Nevada and exemplifies what it means to be a wilderness....more>>


View of Turtlehead Peak from Gateway Canyon, La Madre Mountain Wilderness - Photo courtesy Sendi KalcicLa Madre Mountain Wilderness
Dominating the dramatic backdrop of the Scenic Loop at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area are the steep canyons and spectacular cliffs of La Madre Mountain Wilderness. With an acreage of 47,180, this large wilderness is an eye-catching complex of canyons, rugged gray carbonate ridges, and mountain peaks. This wilderness sits between the Mt. Charleston Wilderness to the northwest and the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness to the south. This area provides classic examples of basin and range formations, and is also home to the Keystone Thrust – a geological formation internationally recognized as the finest example of a thrust fault. This area is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service....more>>


Hikers finding solitude among the craggy limestone cliffs and canyons, Lime Canyon Wilderness - BLM PhotoLime Canyon Wilderness
Outstanding vistas of Lake Mead and the Muddy Mountains can be found in this remote area. The 23,233 acre Lime Canyon Wilderness is located just 45 air miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. Lime Ridge dominates this wilderness and trends north-south reaching an elevation of 4,406 feet. This area contains rugged drainages and gently rolling hills, paralleling ridges, and sandy washes. Faulting and erosion have exposed a variety of sedimentary deposits....more>>


Mojave desert scrub is encountered on the hike up to Hackberry Spring, Mormon Mountains Wilderness - BLM PhotoMeadow Valley Range Wilderness
The boomerang-shaped Meadow Valley Range Wilderness is an intriguing landscape comprised of three major landforms: the long ridgeline of the Meadow Valley Mountains, a large bajada beginning high on the main ridge sloping easterly towards Meadow Valley Wash, and finally Bunker Hills five miles from the southern section of the central bajada. This 123,508 acre wilderness is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management Ely District and Southern Nevada Districts....more>>


Unlike most of the wilderness, the southwestern portion is characterized by gentler slopes, Mt. Charleston Wilderness - Photo by Sendi Kalcic, BLMMt. Charleston Wilderness
Though less than 45 minutes from Las Vegas, Nevada the Mt. Charleston Wilderness feels like it is worlds away from the city. This is an inspiring place of invigorating mountain air, ice-cold springs and evergreen forest. With a combined total of 56,600 acres this wilderness is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The summit of Mt. Charleston is 11,916 feet high, making it the highest peak in southern Nevada....more>>


Mojave desert scrub is encountered on the hike up to Hackberry Spring, Mormon Mountains Wilderness - BLM PhotoMormon Mountains Wilderness
The Mormon Mountains Wilderness is a land of mountain ranges and canyons that offer colorful geology, majestic wildlife, and amazing cultural sites.  This 157,938 acre wilderness is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management Ely District and Southern Nevada District....more>>


Sandstone nooks and crannies provide outstanding opportunites for solitude, Muddy Mountains Wilderness - Photo courtesy Randy KyesMuddy Mountains Wilderness
Just and hour north of Las Vegas, Nevada lies the Muddy Mountains Wilderness, a place of wonder and mystery, an area of outrageous geology and colorful Mojave Desert habitat. With a combined 48,019 acres, this region of shadowy slot canyon, striking geological formations and expansive views of Lake Mead is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service....more>>


One of the many unique features of this area is its volcanic origin, North McCullough Wilderness - Photo by Sendi Kalcic, BLMNorth McCullough Wilderness
Less than 30 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada encompassed by the Sloan Canyon National Consevation Area, lies a place of eye-catching beauty and historical wonder. With a total area of 14,763 acres, this region of geologic intrigue and expansive views provide a window to the past. The North McCullough Wilderness covers the northern portion of the north-south trending McCullough Mountain Range. Unlike surrounding areas, the northern portion of this range is comprised of ancient volcanic rock. The mountains in the North McCullough Wilderness, reaching approximately 5,500 feet, are massive rounded volcanic peaks, which have a steep east-facing escarpment and gradual western slope....more>>


The last rays of light illuminate the peaks of Rainbow Mountain and Bridge Mountain, Rainbow Mountain Wilderness - Photo by Sendi Kalcic, BLMRainbow Mountain Wilderness
Although this area is signifcantly smaller than the adjacent Mt. Charleston Wilderness and La Madre Mountain Wilderness, don't let its size fool you. This wilderness is an artist's dream with gorgeous vertical red and buff colored sandstone, and deep narrow canyons that twist and turn, carpeted with vegetation. Some of the high points of this wilderness are Mount Wilson at 7,070 feet and Rainbow Mountain at 6,924 feet in elevation. With a combined total of 25,113 acres, this wilderness is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service....more>>


The McCullough Range often recieves summer monsoon rains, South McCullough Wilderness - Photo by Sendi Kalcic, BLMSouth McCullough Wilderness
With a total area of 44,245 acres, the South McCullough Wilderness encompasses the southern portion of the McCullough Range. This area of the north-south trending range is comprised of ancient metamorphic rock. From a distance, the mountains appear soft, with mellow rounded edges. Upon closer inspection, you will see that the peaks and ridges are rocky and rough, reaching heights over 7,000 feet...more>>


The wilderness is a stunning rugged landscape with sculpted granitic boulders, rocky outcrops and steep canyons, Spirit Mountain Wilderness - Photo by Sendi Kalcic, BLMSpirit Mountain Wilderness
Spirit Mountain Wilderness, nestled in the heart of the Newberry Mountains, is a stunning, rugged landscape with sculpted granitic boulders, rocky outcrops and deep canyons. The mountains harbor unique plants and animals and offer dramatic views of Lake Mohave. This 33,518 acre wilderness is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service....more>>


Slate colored skies loom over the dense old growth Joshua tree forest, Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness - Photo courtesy Sendi KalcicWee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness
With an area of 6,050 acres, Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness is a place of breathtaking panoramas and natural history. This wilderness is characterized by gentle slopes and an impressive expanse of old-growth Joshua trees. In Paiute language, Wee Thump means "ancient ones." On average, Joshua trees grow only a half-inch per year. Many of the trees in this wilderness are more than 30 feet tall and could be more than 900 years old, making them some of the oldest and largest Joshua trees in the world....more>>