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Virgin Peak Proposed Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 42281
State Region: Southern Nevada
County Regions: Clark   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Las Vegas Field Office
Contact Info: (702) 515-5000
4701 N Torrey Pines Drive  Las Vegas, NV89130
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Area Description

The Virgin Peak proposed wilderness is a land of rugged topography, dramatic cliffs, diverse vegetation, and springs. In the higher elevations to the north are found steep limestone cliffs dotted with white fir and Douglas fir. In the lower elevations are found red and buff sandstone outcrops dominated by Joshua trees and creosote. From the tops of ridges are breathtaking views down into surrounding deserts including the Gold Butte area around Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon - Parashant of Arizona.

The Virgin Peak area is especially diverse in it’s vegetation. It was recognized by the BLM as an Outstanding Natural Area because of the diversity. The lower elevations are dominated by creosote, black brush, Joshua tree and other yucca species. Climbing higher, the vegetation transitions to Gamble’s oak, manzanita, pinyon pine, Utah and Rocky Mountain juniper, and in some locations, Arizona cypress. In several of the north-facing drainages are found aspen stands and Rocky Mountain maple. In the highest elevations are found remnant stands of white fir and Douglas fir.

There are fine opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, camping and hunting. Hikers typically climb Virgin Peak from the south. There are several old cattle trails that were cut through the dense vegetation on the northeast side that can be hiked; these are not open to motor vehicles. There are many nice locales for dry camping. Camping near water is limited to a number of springs and intermittent streams on the northeast side, but camp at least 300 feet away to allow wildlife access to this precious resource.

Signs of early man exist here, in the form of shelter caves, petroglyphs, campsites and lithic scatters.

The BLM is protecting the wilderness character of the adjacent lands across the Arizona state line through the Resource Management Plan for the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument.




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