Muddy Mountains Wilderness, NV
National Park Service
The Muddy Mountains Wilderness now contains a total of 48,019 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Nevada. In 2002 the Muddy Mountains Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.
Leave No Trace principles:
Address:Las Vegas Field Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas,NV, 89130
Hidden Valley may be accessed by driving the Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway approximately 3 miles east on the Valley of Fire Highway from Interstate 15. Drive approximately 4 miles south of the Valley of Fire Highway on a rough dirt road to a sign for Color Rock Quarry. Turning right and within a few hundred feet left, a rough dirt road leads approximately 3 miles to the trailhead for Hidden Valley. This road is rough and requires high clearance. There will be a final sign for Color Rock Quarry approximately 1/4 mile before the parking area. A trail leads from behind a small wilderness sign through sandstone outcrops to the top of a pass looking into Hidden Valley. The trail continues approximately 3 miles to terminate at a view point of a large sandstone arch. The trail is made up of several segments which are the remains of old ranching trail and mineral exploration tracks. The trail is newly designated and maintenance is planned in the next year; at present portions of the trail are difficult to relocate.
The Bowl of Fire and Anniversary narrows may be accessed through Lake Mead National Recreation area and the paved Northshore Road. At approximately mile marker 16, the north Callville Wash Road (road 94) may be taken, though 4WD is often necessary in the loose sand of the wash. For Anniversary Narrows, turn left up road 94A to it's end overlooking the Lovell Wash and park. Driving down into the wash to cross to the other side is not recommended without aggressive 4WD - it is not permitted to drive up Lovell Wash to Anniversary Narrows. Hike up the wash approximately 3/4 mile to the narrows. To access the Bowl of Fire drive up road 94 to one of 3 main side washes that intersect Callville Wash. Park and hike up the side wash. If you don't have 4WD and wish to park along the Northshore Road, you may park at the intersection with the Callville Wash Road, or continue a couple miles to the northeast, park at one of two roadside pullouts, and walk across flat desert to the side washes described above. Parking at one of the roadside pullouts on the North Shore Road adds approximately 1 mile additional hiking as compared to parking along the Callville Wash Road.