Southern Nevada District Recreation

Welcome to Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southern Nevada District. The BLM, Southern Nevada District provides countless types of outdoor adventure – Visitors to Southern Nevada public lands can enjoy a wide range of activities such as camping, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle driving, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing, photography, and visiting natural and cultural heritage sites.

The Bureau of Land Management's recreation and visitor services support strong local economies and public land conservation. As we work to enhance recreational opportunities for the American family, we strive to remain a good neighbor. The BLM Southern Nevada District takes prided in preserving and showcasing the beauty of our public lands, ensuring they remain cherished destinations for both locals and visitors alike. The BLM, Southern Nevada District manages around 3.1 million acres between Clark and Nye counties, we are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all who wish to explore the land. Whether it be through one of our OHV tours, going riding in the dunes, exploring Logandale Trails, or visiting one of our shooting areas, our commitment is to not only the safety of our visitors but the safety of the lands and those that inhabit them. This means respecting how communities use the public lands.

Explore our website to discover the opportunities that await you on your public lands. Learn about trail maps, OHV and shooting closure areas, fire precautions and restrictions, and desert safety.


Please respect yourselves and others by recognizing the unique challenges that visiting the Mojave Desert presents. Being prepared will make your visit here even more enjoyable.

Desert animals

When placing your hands and feet, use extra caution. Rattlesnakes, scorpions or venomous spiders may be sheltered behind boulders or under rocks and shrubs. Do not touch, collect or try to kill these animals.


Mobile phone coverage may be unreliable or non-existent. If you have coverage, please dial 911.  Make sure to leave your name, phone number, location, description of issue, vehicle type and license plate.

Flash Floods

When hiking, avoid canyons during rainstorms and be prepared to move to higher ground. While driving, be alert for water running in the normally dry desert washes and across road dips. Flooding occurs here more quickly due to the topography. Do not walk or drive through flood water flowing across a road.

General safety

Let friends or family members know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Don’t rely on mobile phones during your visit as coverage in the area can be unreliable or non-existent. Leave your valuables at home. If you leave your car, take your purse or backpack with you and lock your doors. Never leave packages in plain sight where they may tempt someone to break into your vehicle.


Temperatures can average more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months. The best protection against heat is drinking plenty of water and limiting exposure to the sun during the hottest parts of the day. If you feel dizzy, nauseous or get a headache, immediately get out of the sun and drink plenty of water. Dampen your clothing to lower your body temperature. To be safe, bring more water than you think you will need.


Lightning storms can occur in the afternoon during the summer months. To prevent lightning from striking you, avoid high places and seek cover in buildings or in vehicles with the windows rolled up. If caught outdoors, crouch down on both feet with your arms wrapped around your knees and wait out the storm.


Bring and drink at least one gallon (four liters) of water per day if you are hiking, the day is hot, or the trail is exposed to direct sunlight. Dehydration can happen to hikers even in fall and winter due to low humidity. Water in natural springs has not been tested and should be left for use by native wildlife.

What to Wear

For hiking, select shoes that provide a comfortable fit, ankle stability and protection against cactus spines. Wear clothes that provide protection against the sun, wind and cold temperatures (such as hats, long sleeves, long pants, etc.) and apply sunscreen. Dressing in layers is recommended since fall and winter can bring changeable weather. Rain, hail and snow flurries may occur during winter months, especially in February and March.

Map of camping closure area in Las Vegas Valley

Occupancy Stay Limitation (Dispersed Camping) 43 CFR 8365.1-6

A person or persons may not occupy undeveloped public lands or designated sites or areas for more than fourteen (14) days within a Twenty-eight (28) consecutive day interval. A 28-day interval begins when an occupant initially occupies a specific site on public land within a BLM, Nevada administered District. Following the 14 days, the persons and personal property must relocate to a site outside of at least a 25-mile radius, from the occupied site or non-BLM administered land for a period of fourteen (14) days.

For additional information on camping on public lands please visit

Unauthorized Use 43 CFR 2920.1-2 (e)

Any use, occupancy, or development of the public lands, other than casual use as defined in § 2920.0–5(k) of this title, without authorization under the procedures in § 2920.1–1 of this title, shall be considered a trespass. Anyone determined by the authorized officer to be in trespass on the public lands shall be notified of such trespass and shall be liable to the United State.
Target shooting
Map of target shooting closure area in Las Vegas Valley
For more information, please visit
Off-highway vehicles
OHV Closure Map

Please visit for information on OHV Registration and trail maps.


Please do not leave household, landscaping, or commercial waste on public lands -- it damages natural resources and is against the law.

Residents with a current Republic Services bill may bring extra waste to one of four facilities at no charge. A valid Nevada driver's license detailing the address associated with the Republic Services account is required at the time of your visit. Commercial vehicles may be subject to the rates posted at the gate.

 Apex Regional Landfill

13550 N. Highway 93

Las Vegas, NV 89165

Monday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Cheyenne Transfer Station

315 W. Cheyenne Ave.

North Las Vegas, NV

Monday – Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Henderson Transfer Station

560 Cape Horn Dr.

Henderson, NV 89011

Monday – Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Laughlin Landfill

1/4 Mile South of Hwy 163 on Needles Hwy

Laughlin, NV 89029

Monday – Friday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.