Lime Canyon Wilderness


Services, Getting There

Hikes & Trails

Related Areas

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: 24,043 with 10,032 acres of proposed additions 
State Region: Southern Nevada
County Regions: Clark   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Southern Nevada District Office
Contact Info: (702) 515-5000
4701 N. Torrey Pines Las Vegas, NV 89130
Visit the website (will open a new window)


Area Description                             

Outstanding vistas of Lake Mead and the Muddy Mountains can be found in this remote area. The Lime Canyon Wilderness is located east of Las Vegas, Nevada. Lime Ridge dominates this wilderness  and trends north-south reaching an elevation of 4,406 feet. This  area contains rugged drainages and gently rolling hills, paralleling ridges, and sandy washes. Faulting and erosion have exposed a variety of sedimentary deposits.

The rugged ridges and rolling hills of this intriguing backcountry destination provide opportunities for quiet solitude, which becomes more apparent the deeper into the wilderness you venture. Infrequent visitor use and the need for route finding skills provide great opportunities for solitude and recreation including hiking, horseback riding, hunting, exploring, and camping under the night sky.


Lime Canyon Wilderness is dominated by Lime Ridge, which is composed of older Cambrian through Pennsylvanian carbonate rocks. The wilderness area's namesake, Lime Canyon, cuts through the wilderness as it drains west to the Overton Arm of Lake Mead. South of Lime Canyon, you can find some Precambrian metamorphic rocks.


Lime Canyon Wilderness is a sparsely vegetated Mojave Desert scrub environment with creosote bush, white bursage, Joshua trees, catclaw acacia, Mojave yucca, Nevada jointfir, and barrel cactus scattered across the landscape. Arrowweed, paperbag bush, indigo bush, and buckhorn cholla can also be seen.

With a watchful eye you may be able to spot black-tailed jackrabbits, desert cottontail, desert woodrats, white-tailed antelope squirrels, side-blotched lizards, and slow moving desert tortoises.


The proposed additions will simplify the boundaries drawn in the 2002 designation.

Sign Up Take Action Events
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat