The United States Congress designated the Nellis Wash Wilderness (map
) in 2002 and it now has a total of 16,423 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the National Park Service.
The Nellis Wash Wilderness is bordered by
the Spirit Mountain Wilderness
to the south.
Along the western side of the recreation area, discover the Nellis Wash Wilderness nestled in the isolated Newberry Mountains. Fingerlike drainages and alluvial fans extend eastward from the mountains toward Lake Mohave. Some mining has occurred in the area and adds an historic element that is a remnant of the old west. Summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees and the lack of water can be cause for caution when hiking or camping in the area. Jackrabbits, side-blotched lizards, snakes, and desert tortoise make their home in the area.