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Eldorado Wilderness

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Drive south on U.S. 95 from Las Vegas and then drive east on State Route 165 to a parking/pull-out located two miles north of Nelson. -The parking area is on the north side of the road near the ridge prior to descending into the valley where the town of Nelson is located. From the parking area it is an easily accessible one mile walk to Bridge Spring. From Bridge Spring continue to hike east over a ridge and you will enter the Eldorado Wilderness at Oak Creek Canyon.

Drive south on U.S. 95 from Las Vegas and then drive east on State Route 165 to Approved Road 49 which exits to the north just east of the Techatticup Mine. This Approved Road leads to the wilderness boundary, which is approximately 7 miles north, and provides access to Lonesome Wash which leads to Lake Mohave.

Drive to Boulder City, Nevada. Drive east on Buchanan Blvd until you cross the boundary into Lake Mead NRA. This dirt road becomes Approved Road 60 (Burro Wash Road) and very shortly after crossing the park boundary becomes washed out and difficult to maneuver. This portion of the road is only accessible via high- clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles. The dirt road follows a power line corridor from the WAPA electrical substation and provides access to a remote and rugged section of the Eldorado Wilderness.

The entire eastern boundary of the wilderness is accessible by boat from Lake Mohave. The closest boat launch is at Willow Beach in Arizona. At approximately River Mile Marker 43 the entry to Lonesome Wash is accessible from the river. The wilderness boundary begins 300 feet above the high water line.

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