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Eldorado Wilderness

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Area Management

The Eldorado Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Eldorado Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Bureau of Land Management Information

-- Camping: Campsites must be at least a 1/2 mile off of designated roads and 100 feet from any archaeological site (including rock writing), spring, water hole, seep or watering device. The maximum length of stay is 14 days.

-- Campfires: Campfires are allowed, except during regional fire restrictions, with the use of a fire pan and/or fire blanket. All firewood must be packed in. Visitors are encouraged to use camp stoves.

-- Garbage: Disposing of debris and garbage is prohibited. Geocaching is not permitted.

-- Group Size: Groups are limited to 12 people.

-- Horses, Pack Animals, and Pets: Other than incidental browsing, riding and pack stock animals may be fed only packed-in, certified, weedfree feed. Dogs and other pets are prohibited.

-- Wildlife: Collection of natural resources, including wildlife (with the exception of hunting with a valid hunting license or tag), plants, rocks, or fossils in wilderness is prohibited without a valid scientific research and collecting permit.

-- Roads: Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is prohibited in wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters. Wheelchairs are allowed.

National Park Service Information

-- Camping: Camping is allowed in the wilderness area. Please use Leave No Trace minimum impact principles. Camping is limited to a total of 90 days within any consecutive 12-month period. Backpackers may camp anywhere in the backcountry unless posted as a "No Camping" area. Campsites must be at least 1/2 mile off of designated roads and 100 feet from any spring, water-hole, seep or other watering device. Camping is allowed for up to 15 days in one location at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

-- Campfires: Campfires are permitted. You must bring your own wood unless it is driftwood found below the high water line. Remove all traces as you would trash, including ashes and unburned wood, and scatter your fire ring before leaving. Be aware that fire restrictions may be in place park-wide or district-wide during certain times of the year.

-- Fishing or Hunting: Hunting, trapping, or fishing is allowed if you have the proper license during the proper season. Hunting and fishing are two of the primary intended uses of wilderness. Target practice is prohibited.

-- Horses or Pack Animals: The use of horses or pack animals is allowed in wilderness areas in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

-- Roads: No motorized vehicles or equipment are generally permitted in any designated wilderness area. This includes human-powered machines such as bicycles. At Lake Mead National Recreation Area, some existing approved roads allow vehicle access through wilderness areas. However, no off-road vehicle travel is permitted.

-- Rock Climbing: Rock climbing is at your own risk. No permanent means of support can be left in place on any route.

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