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Bridge Canyon Wilderness

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A small spring is nestled among tan desert rocks.
Library image #2799: A small unnamed spring, off NPS road

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Bridge Canyon Wilderness (map) in 2002 and it now has a total of 7,761 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the National Park Service. The Bridge Canyon Wilderness is bordered by the Spirit Mountain Wilderness to the north.

Description

The Newberry Mountains, which rise to an elevation of 5,600 feet, offer a cool refuge from the heat of the surrounding desert lowlands. These imposing mountains contain the Bridge Canyon Wilderness, a land strewn with rugged granite boulders, steep canyons and intermittent springs and seeps. The rock outcrops and caves make this area very striking. Stands of cottonwood trees can be found along the Grapevine Wash and Sacatone Wash water courses. Canyon grape, cattails and rushes grow in Grapevine Canyon. Discover the petroglyphs of early Native Americans in the canyon along with majestic bighorn sheep and the clever coyote. Reptiles include the Western chuckwalla, side-blotched lizard, Gila monster, rattlesnakes and a desert tortoise habitat.

Planning to Visit the Bridge Canyon Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Bridge Canyon Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.