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Pinto Valley Wilderness

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A desert wash in the foreground, of marbled red and gray sandstone backed by vivid orangey cliffs rising above.
Library image #782: Tuff and sandstone formations


The United States Congress designated the Pinto Valley Wilderness (map) in 2002 and it now has a total of 39,173 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the National Park Service. The Pinto Valley Wilderness is bordered by the Jimbilnan Wilderness to the east.


Comprised of rugged hills and scenic valleys, the Pinto Valley Wilderness contains Guardian Peak, one of the highest peaks within the area. The northern side of Boulder Canyon is formed by steep cliffs and barren rock which drop to the waters of Lake Mead in a dramatic fashion. Watch for the red sandstone outcroppings which merge with the green desert vegetation and the grays, browns, and yellows of the desert floor. This unique place is habitat for the rare Las Vegas bear poppy plant.

Planning to Visit the Pinto Valley 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 Pinto Valley 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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