Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Bowl of Fire is in the Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area. The Bowl of Fire is comprised of brightly colored red, pink and orange Jurassic-Age sandstone outcrops which are surrounded by gray limestone mountains.
Northshore Peak is located just off Northshore Road and offers a taste of the many beautiful geologic wonders of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Views from the peak are excellent.
Black Mesa is located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and has great views from the top. Black Mesa is made up of black volcanic rock, there is no trail. Park at mile 10.5 on Northshore Road.
The Rainbow Gardens are located at the base of Lava Butte ‘the large black volcanic mountain’. The Rainbow Garden is known for its many colorful rock layers which are made up of gypsum, quartz and many other minerals.
The Redstone Dunes are made of Aztec sandstone which was born from sand dunes which spread in a vast desert during the age of the dinosaurs and covered much of what is now Utah.
Frenchman Mountain is the broad, prominent peak forming the eastern boundary of the Las Vegas Valley. It is a very steep hike to the summit ‘4,052 ft’.
The Grapevine Canyon Petroglyph Area has a spectacular assemblage of petroglyphs pecked into a ridge of hard granite at the mouth of Grapevine Canyon. The petroglyphs depict bighorn sheep, atlatls, humans and abstract symbols.
Anniversary Narrows is an awesome slot canyon lined with tilted sedimentary rock layers which paint beautiful lines throughout the canyon. The hike to the narrows is up Lovell Wash and passes a few mines.
The rough floor and jagged walls of Valley of Fire State Park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than 150 million years old. These features often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.
Desert mountains, an historic wagon road, an intermittent spring and extraordinary rock formations. Bitter Springs Trail Backcountry Byway has all this and more on it’s twenty-eight mile journey through the Muddy Mountains of Nevada.