Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2002
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Act or Law: Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002
State Region: Southern Nevada
County Regions: Clark
National Park Service
Local District: Alan Bible Visitor Center
Contact Info: (702) 293-8990
151 Lakeshore Scenic Drive Las Vegas,
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The Jimbilnan Wilderness adjoins the Pinto Valley Wilderness, which lies directly to the west. Lake Mead laps upon its east side. It consists of the upper canyons of three major washes which drain from the edge of a plateau east toward Lake Mead. The canyons are rugged. Elevations range from 2,700 to roughly 3,000 feet. The odd name is a combination of Jim, Bill and Nancy, the National Park Service employees who surveyed the area.
Low mountain brush species vegetate the land: creosote bush scrub with yucca and cactus.
Desert bighorn sheep. Birds include peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, Cooper's hawk, and greater roadrunner. Bald eagle, American white pelican, osprey and white-faced ibis may be seen near Lake Mead.
Las Vegas bearpoppy, threecorner milkvetch, sticky buckwheat, banded Gila monster.
Wildlife: Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed hawk, American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, Greater Roadrunner, Bald Eagle, American White Pelican, Osprey, White-faced Ibis, Las Vegas Bearpoppy, Threecorner Milkvetch, Sticky Buckwheat
Jimbilnan Wilderness overlooks Lake Mead. (c) Brian Beffort
The rugged beauty of Jimbilnan Wilderness is enhanced by a rainbow. (c) Brian Beffort