LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
586,000 acres in Nevada (1,480,000 acres total). Located in the southeast corner of Nevada as well as northwest Arizona, just west of Grand Canyon National Park, this National Recreation Area features 110-mile-long Lake Mead and 67-mile-long Lake Mohave, both formed by damming up the Colorado River.
In this desert region are mountains, plateaus, canyons, and sandstone formations. With some sandy beaches along the shore, the lake attracts many tourists and there’s lots of boating. Vegetation includes Joshua tree and cactus, with mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and coyote among the wildlife.
Activities: Hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding are possible within the National Recreation Area, but most travel must be cross-country since there are few established trails. Fishing is available at the lakes. Hunting is permitted in portions of the area.
Camping Regulations: A large number of established campsites are available along the lakeshores. Backcountry camping and campfires are allowed here as well as elsewhere, except near developed aras or where otherwise prohibited. No permits are required. Since summers are very hot here, the best season to visit is October through May.
For Further Information: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 601 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005; (702)293-8907.