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Ireteba Peaks Wilderness

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The Ireteba Peaks Wilderness lies 45 miles south of Las Vegas, between Nelson and Searchlight, Nevada. The northern boundary is a power line corridor that runs from the end of the Ireteba Peaks ridge to Lake Mohave. The crest of the Ireteba Peaks ridge marks the western border. Dirt roads running west from Lake Mohave between Opal Mountain and the Rockefeller Mine cut around the south end of the Ireteba Peaks ridge to mark the southern border. The shore of Lake Mohave forms the eastern border.

To access the north side of the wilderness area, drive south on Highway 95 and take the Searchlight exit at Railroad Pass. Continue on US 95 for 21 miles and look for a transmission line crossing east to west across the highway. Turn east onto this Transmission Road and follow it approximately 7 miles until you begin to see granite outcroppings. From this point, the transmission line road marks the northern boundary of the wilderness. As you continue east, you will cross into Lake Mead National Recreation Area and onto Approved Road 42.

To access the south side of the wilderness area, drive south from Las Vegas on Highway 95 for approximately 35 miles to Searchlight, Nevada. In Searchlight, turn east onto Cottonwood Cove Road and drive about 6.8 miles. After entering the park at the fee station, pass under the powerlines and continue east for another 0.9 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the north (left) side of the road. Turn and drive northeast on this dirt road. About 0.8 miles out, you will cross the boundary into Lake Mead NRA and be on Approved Road 32. Follow this road as it winds around the near mountains, runs up and over a pass, and drops into a wash system on the southern edge of the wilderness area. At the intersection of NPS Approved Road 33 you will be at the edge of the wilderness boundary.

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