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Explore Your Public Lands

Explore Your Public Lands!

Beyond the bright lights of the Strip, the Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of the Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of the Gold Butte Back Country Byway. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible.OHV guide

Whether you are a visitor of Las Vegas or resident of southern Nevada, we encourage you to enjoy your public lands.

Primary recreation activities to be found in the Southern Nevada District include driving for pleasure on our Back Country Byways and other designated roads and trails, camping, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, competitive and organized OHV events, cultural tourism, target shooting, and rock hounding. Hundreds of miles of multiple use trails are available to explore as well as 15 wilderness areas and 22 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern totaling over one million acres.

Explore the links to the right to learn more about recreation opportunities, get maps and to find out about use restrictions in place to preserve the unique character of these public lands.

How do I get there?

People heading out to recreate on public lands need to be aware that vehicles (cars, OHVs and bicycles) are restricted to designated roads within most Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) and all National Conservation Areas (NCAs), and existing roads, trails and dry washes outside of ACECs and NCAs. Nellis Dunes Special Recreation Management Area, the unvegetated portions of Big Dune Special Recreation Management Area, and dry lakebeds are open to OHV free play. Wilderness areas are closed to all mechanized and motorized travel. (Click here to download maps.)

People heading out to recreate on public lands in the areas of Coyote Springs, Eldorado Valley, Gold Butte, Mormon Mesa, Piute Valley, Rainbow Gardens/Sunrise Mountain, and the Virgin River will find signs designating approximately 1,800 miles of roads as open to vehicle use and may come across work crews restoring lands to good condition.
BLM is undertaking signing and restoration to protect cultural resources, improve habitat, reduce mortality of desert tortoises and other rare species, and provide access to public lands. BLM is asking the public to drive vehicles and bicycles only on routes marked as designated open in these areas.
Enjoy the beautiful expanses of southern Nevada and please remember to stay on established roads and trails, “leave no trace,” and “pack out, what you pack in.” Also, be prepared for wide temperature changes, and be alert for fire/fuels conditions and seasonal restrictions.

This page was supported by the Clark County Desert Conservation Program and funded by Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act as project #2005-BLM-503, to further implement or develop the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.


ACEC Information

Back Country Byways


Conservation Activities

Desert Safety Tips


Off-Highway Vehicles

OHV Use Limitations and Closures

Rock Climbing

Target Shooting