The plan provides guidelines for managing eight of the park’s nine wilderness areas: Jimbilnan, Pinto Valley, Black Canyon, Eldorado, Ireteba Peaks, Nellis Wash, Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon. These areas were designated wilderness through the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act in 2002.
The plan is the culmination of several years of effort involving the input and participation of hundreds of individuals, many public agencies and numerous outside organizations and stakeholder groups.
In response to public comments on the draft plan, agency feedback and new technical information, the final plan was revised, and Alternative B was selected. This alternative emphasizes preserving wilderness character while providing more opportunities for visitors to access some of the wilderness areas compared to Alternative A.
Key issues addressed by the plan include balancing visitor use of the Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon Wilderness Units while meeting tribal needs and concerns; managing the placement and removal of fixed anchors for rock climbing; and managing illegal off-road travel.
To avoid impacts on opportunities for solitude and resources, all groups using the wilderness areas are limited to 12 people per group. Pets are allowed within wilderness areas, but must be on a leash.
Around 23 miles of new routes will be designated in the wilderness areas, and multiple new informational kiosks may be installed at popular trailheads.
The full plan is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=16820.
Download self-guided wilderness explore maps at http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/explore.htm