Bitter Ridge South

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BitterRidge_PetersonK_1539.jpgWilderness Area Status

Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

Year Designated:
Act or Law:

Acres: 12,694

State Region: Southern Nevada

County: Clark   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management Local District: Las Vegas Field Office Contact Info: (702) 515-5000 4701 North Torrey Pines Dr  Las Vegas, NV89130 Visit the website (will open a new window)

Area Description

This wilderness would protect over 12,000 acres of pristine desert tortoise habitat, world-class cultural resources, some of the most  outstanding scenery in Nevada.  The large tracks of undisturbed Mojave scrub within this area are important to the Clark County Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan’s sensitive species recovery.  Rugged limestone ridges, colorful sandstone formations, and drifting sand provide a multitude of landscapes for visitors to lose themselves in.  Challenging desert hiking and route finding, rock scrambling, and incredible possibilities for photography provide truly outstanding opportunities for primitive recreation in this beautiful area.  Bitter Ridge South is the beating-heart of the Gold Butte region and is a destination for visitors from around the world.  Bitter Ridge South offers spectacular views of the Virgin Mountains and Lake Mead National Recreation Area.




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