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Mojave desert scrub shines in the afternoon light, Million Hills Wilderness Study Area - Photo Sendi Kalcic, BLMMillion Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA)
Million Hills WSA offers fantastic panoramic views of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Lake Mead National Recration Area, and the lower reaches of the Colorado River. Gently rolling hills and low ridges sprawl across the low desert in the northern half of this 21,296 acre WSA. To the south, colorful folds of mountain and rocky outcrops of the Azure Ridge and Million Hills bring a more dramatic change in scenery. As the crow flies, Million Hills WSA is a relatively short distance from Las Vegas. However, by car, this WSA is one of the most remote areas in southern Nevada....more>>


Wild horses foraging along the lower slopes, Mount Stirling Wilderness Study Area - Photo Sendi Kalcic, BLMMount Stirling Wilderness Study Area (WSA)
Marked by intensely rugged terrain, dense vegetation and forest cover, the Mount Stirling WSA provides endless settings for solitude and enjoyment of the outdoors. Rich in both natural and cultural history, adventurous visitors may discover a variety of interesting and unique features found within the area. Its 69,650 acres cover the northernmost portion of the Spring Mountain Range and is managed in part by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service....more>>


Rolling multi-colored hills and sparse vegetation typify this area, Resting Springs Wilderness Study Area - Photo Sendi Kalcic, BLMResting Springs Wilderness Study Area (WSA)
The Resting Springs WSA includes low rolling hills that give way to coarse rugged rock formations with peaks and canyons. In some places, the geology shows off a variety of colors ranging from subdued browns and tans to more intense pinks, reds, greens, and black. The western boundary of this small WSA, consisting of just 3,850 acres, is contiguous with California Desert Conservation Area's Resting Spring Range Wilderness to the west. The WSA can be found along the Nevada-California border, about 15 miles west of Pahrump, Nevada....more>>


A late March storm provides a dusting of snow on the peak, Virgin Peak Instant Study Area - Photo Sendi Kalcic, BLMVirgin Mountain Instant Study Area (ISA)
With a total area of 6,560 acres, the Virgin Mountain ISA is nestled in the beautiful high country of the Virgin Mountains approximatley 13 miles south of Mesquite, Nevada. This area consists of steep canyon walls, ridges, and jagged rock outcrops at the highest elevations that offer ample solitude. The stunning elevation gain allows for visitors to experience a variety of life zones as well....more>>