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Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

The wilderness contains extreme geologic faulting, folding and natural erosion created by the Virgin River that has resulted in a complex mixture of steep craggy cliffs, sandstone buttes, and alluvial fans. Mojave Desert plant communities, including Joshua Trees, can range to higher elevation pinyon-juniper forests on the rugged mountain tops.

Recreational Opportunities

Seasonal river rafting and kayaking when the Virgin River is flooding (typically spring and summer). Hiking and backpacking, wildlife viewing (desert bighorn sheep, cougars), and nighttime black sky viewing are the most common activities in this wilderness.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness is located in the Mojave Desert. Summer daytime temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter nighttime temperatures can reach below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safety and Current Conditions

This is a rugged and remote area with temperature extremes. Cell phone coverage may not exist except near the Interstate. Water is available in the Virgin River Gorge Campground off Interstate 15 south of the wilderness. The nearest services are located in St. George, Utah or Mesquite, Nevada.

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