U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
Lime Canyon Wilderness
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Description

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 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.

The rugged ridges and rolling hills of this intriguing backcountry destination provide opportunities for quiet solitude, which becomes more apparent the deeper into the wilderness you venture. Infrequent visitor use and the need for route finding skills provide great opportunities for solitude and recreation including hiking, horseback riding, hunting, exploring, and camping under the night sky.

Geology

Lime Canyon Wilderness is dominated by Lime Ridge, which is composed of older Cambrian through Pennsylvanian carbonate rocks. The wilderness area's namesake, Lime Canyon, cuts through the wilderness as it drains west to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead. South of Lime Canyon, you can find some Precambrian metamorphic rocks.

Flora and Fauna

Lime Canyon Wilderness is a sparsely vegetated Mojave Desert scrub environment with creosote bush, white bursage, Joshua trees, catclaw acacia, Mojave yucca, Nevada jointfir, and barrel cactus scattered across the landscape. Arrowweed, paperbag bush, indigo bush, and buckhorn cholla can also be seen.

With a watchful eye you may be able to spot black-tailed jackrabbits, desert cottontail, desert woodrats, white-tailed antelope squirrels, side-blotched lizards, and slow moving desert tortoises.


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Last updated: 10-24-2013