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Muddy Mountains Wilderness

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Area Management

The Muddy Mountains 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 Muddy Mountains Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Bureau of Land Management Information

-- Camping: No camping is allowed within sight of trails, 1/2 miles from designated roads, or 300 feet of water sources. The maximum length of stay is 14 days.

-- Garbage: Disposing of debris and garbage is prohibited.

-- Campfires: Campfires are allowed, except during regional fire restrictions, with use of a fire pan or blanket. Visitors are encouraged to only use camp stoves.

-- Groups: Maximum group size is 12 people.

-- Trails: Short-cutting switchbacks is prohibited.

-- Horses and Pack Animals: Stock cannot be restrained within 200 feet of water. Recreational riding and pack stock animals are limited to washes and the Gale Hills Equestrian Trail. Riding on hiking trails is not permitted. Cross-country use of recreational riding or pack stock is not permitted except for members of a hunting party in possession of a valid hunting license and tag, and in pursuit of big game during hunting season. Feeding of recreational riding or pack stock animals is limited to packed-in and certified weed-free feed; pellets are encouraged.

-- Shooting: Target practice is prohibited.

-- Wildlife: Collection of natural resources including wildlife (with the exception of a valid hunting license or tag), plants, rocks, or fossils is prohibited in the Bowl of Fire. Collection in the remainder of the wilderness is allowed only where consistent with current regulations.

-- Roads: Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is prohibited on all federal lands designated as 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, unless provided for in specific legislation. 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 of 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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