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Nellis Wash Wilderness

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Looking out over a rocky outcropping towards the desert valley far below. A blue body of water is visible in the distance.
Library image #2762: Taken from a hilltop above Nellis Wash with Lake Mohave in the distance.


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.

Planning to Visit the Nellis Wash Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Nellis Wash Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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