Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
In November 2002, Congress designated the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) to preserve and protect a portion of southern Nevada’s Mojave Desert for future generations. The 48,438 acre national conservation area forms the southern mountainous skyline of Las Vegas and the City of Henderson. The Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Site is one of the most significant, scenic, and important cultural resources in southern Nevada having more than 300 rock art panels, and nearly 1,700 designs representing native cultures dating from Archaic to historic era.
The 14,790-acre North McCullough Wilderness lies entirely within the Sloan Canyon NCA and contains unique and spectacular natural resources including thousands of acres of pristine land that remain in a natural state. The North McCullough Wilderness is volcanic in origin and examples of lava flows, ash falls, and glassy zones are clearly displayed in the Wilderness.
The North McCullough Wilderness, located only a few miles from Las Vegas and the City of Henderson, provides opportunities for solitude and a primitive and unconfined type of recreation in an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled.
The Sloan Canyon NCA provides outstanding opportunities for visitors who desire to view the unique scenic and geologic features, remarkable cultural resources, and diverse recreation possibilities.