North McCullough Wilderness

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Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2002

Act or Law: Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002
Acres: 14763
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 North Torrey Pines Dr  Las Vegas, NV89130
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Area Description

Wildlife in the McCullough region includes desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, Gambels quail, the threatened desert tortoise, the rare banded Gila monster, and at least six other species of lizard, numerous song birds, golden eagles and other birds of prey. Natural year-round springs provide crucial habitat for these animals.

This wilderness is used for hiking and rock scrambling, hunting and riding, plus photography. Canyons on the east face and high points of the range provide destinations of all challenge levels. The area is accessible yearlong.

While North America was still thawing from the most recent ice age thousands of years ago, ancient Lake Mojave covered much of the land and provided for an abundance of plants and wildlife. Here you can find numerous reminders of ancient civilizations, including prehistoric rock art, campsites, pine nut caches and lithic scatters from the production of stone tools.

The massive, rounded to flat-topped volcanic peaks have a steep east-facing escarpment and gradual western slope. Black basalt flows are exposed on the ridges, peaks and western slopes. The east escarpment consists of reddish-brown andesite breccia. Unlike the other wilderness areas of Clark County, the North McCulloughs are volcanic in origin. Lava flows, ash falls and glassy zones are clearly displayed. The andesite flows of the rugged east face are very scenic.

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