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.