Services, Getting There
Getting there: From the Boulder Highway/Highway 95 interchange, take Highway 95 south for approximately 55 miles. Then take Nevada State Route 163 toward Laughlin for about 13 miles to the Grapevine Canyon turnoff. Travel north two miles. Services: Laughlin is about 10 road miles or 5 air miles to the south; Searchlight is about 20 miles to the northwest.
Hikes & Trails
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
USGS topo: Bridge Canyon & Spirit Mountain. BLM 100k: Davis Dam.
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Managing Agency: National Park Service
The Bridge Canyon Wilderness Area offers the best that southern Nevada landscapes have to offer. Sculpted granite rock formations rise impressively from the landscape, which is home to a cross-section of Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin plant communities. Rock-studded canyons slope gently eastward toward the Colorado River.
Creosote, mesquite, catclaw, yucca, several species of cacti, desert scrub oak and one of the northernmost populations of smoke tree dominate lower slopes, while pinion pine and juniper trees find hold in the higher elevations.
Mammals include desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, cactus mouse, canyon mouse, desert wood rat, long-tailed hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, peregrine falcon, cactus wren, Costa's hummingbird, Crissal thrasher and Bell's vireo.
Reptiles include western chuckwalla, fence lizard, Great Basin gopher snake, leopard lizard, southwestern speckled rattlesnake, large spotted leopard lizard, Great Basin whiptail, desert iguana, zebra-tailed lizard, yellow-backed spiny lizard, Great Basin collared lizard, Mojave patch-nosed snake, Mojave rattlesnake, desert banded gecko, Western long-nosed snake, Mojave shovel-nosed snake and red coachwhip. The desert tortoise finds critical habitat here.
Sensitive species include the California leaf-nosed bat, banded Gila monster, Townsend's big-eared bat, and Yuma myotis.
Inspiring cultural heritage
This region is sacred to Native American peoples. Please respect it as you would your own place of worship. Please do not touch, alter or destroy any archaeological resources. They are protected by law and irreplaceable. Once they're gone, they're gone forever.
Wildlife: California Leaf-nosed Bat, Banded Gila Monster, Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Yuma Myotis, Cave Myotis, Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake, Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, Great Basin Whiptail, Desert Iguana, Zebra-tailed Lizard, Mojave Rattlesnake, Costa's Humming
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