Ireteba Peaks Wilderness

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Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2002

Act or Law: Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002
Acres: 32745
State Region: Southern Nevada
County Regions: Clark   


Managing Agency: National Park Service
Local District: Alan Bible Visitor Center
Contact Info: (702) 293-8990
151 Lakeshore Scenic Drive  Las Vegas, NV89101
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Area Description

The Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area is a region of colorful landscapes, diverse geologic formations and scenic vistas. The backbone of this area is a high, narrow ridge. The eastern slope is cut by deep, short canyons. The steep slopes of the western face drop quickly into the bajada. The Ireteba Peaks wilderness are named for the Mojave Tribal member Irataba(eecheeyara tav), who would rise into leadership as he led a faction of the Mojave people to peaceful relations with the Euro American invaders.  Today Irataba is recognized as the driving force behind maintaining a cohesive core of the Mojave Culture and a place on their traditional lands for the Mojave people under the oppressive pressures of Euro American colonization and settlement.   

Most use centers on the granite boulders to the north end, along the knifelike ridge in the center, and in the narrow canyons on the eastern flank of the Ireteba Mountains. Hiking and camping is most popular in the canyons leading into the Lake Mead Nat'l Rec Area, or on the peaks and ridges that offer spectacular views of Lake Mojave, the Colorado River and into Arizona.

This wilderness is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.

Bird watchers, hunters and photographers come here in search of desert wildlife:bighorn sheep, Golden Eagles, and many other species of birds.

Wildlife: Desert Tortoise, Catclaw, Phainopepla, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Gambel