Gass Peak Proposed Wilderness

Services, Getting There

 

Hikes & Trails: 

Gass Peak Trail

 

Related Areas: 

Desert National Wildlife Refuge

 

Map Information:

DeLorme Road Atlas pg 70

Benchmark Road Atlas pg 82

Wilderness Area Status                                

Agency Proposed Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 58,699
State Region: Southern Nevada
County Regions: Clark   

Management

Managing Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service
Local District: Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Info: (702) 879-6110
160001 Corn Creek Rd  Las Vegas, NV89124
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Area Description

The Gass Peak wilderness proposal is dominated by the southernmost rampart of the Las Vegas Range.  With elevation ranging from 2400 feet to 6943 feet at the summit of Gass Peak, this area presents a wide diversity of vegetation and wildlife habitats.  Separated from the greater portion of the Las Vegas Range by a fault valley, Gass Peak creates an outstanding prominence in its own right, although the highest point of the range lies 9 miles northeast at Quarzite Mountain.  Ecological systems range from broad alluvial fans dominated the Creosote Bush Community to the upper alluvial valleys, which support a wide diversity of cacti and yuccas, including Joshua trees, to the highest elevations of Gass Peak cloaked in vegetation characteristic of the Blackbrush Community. Paleozoic limestone formations paint Gass Peak with bold, contrasting bands of color and create steep and rugged cliffs.  The summit of Gass Peak provides outstanding vistas including a raptor’s-eye view of urban Las Vegas.  The proximity of this area to Las Vegas provides visitors with an expedient option to leave the city and immerse themselves in wilderness.   Gass Peak is part of a vast complex of wilderness areas and is immediately adjacent to the Las Vegas Range and the Sheep Range proposed wilderness areas.  These three areas are separated only by dirt roads, which maintains a high degree of ecological connectivity between these areas assuring a healthy future for the genetic diversity of wildlife and plant communities within the Desert national Wildlife Refuge. 

Wildlife: Townsend's big-eared bat, pallid bat,