Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Scenic Driving

Several paved roads wind through the dramatic desert scenery of Lake Mead country. Towering stark mountains, plateaus, desert basins of cactuses and creosote bush, and vertical-walled canyons are some of the sights motorists can discover. One popular tour follows the Lakeshore and Northshore Scenic Drives along the edge of Lake Mead. From these roads there are panoramic views of the blue lake set against a backdrop of the browns, blacks, reds, and grays of the desert mountains. Northshore Scenic Drive also leads through areas of brilliant red boulders and rock formations.

Other scenic roads pass through wild landscapes. For example, the road to Pearce Ferry crosses one of the world's finest Joshua-tree forests. Unpaved backcountry roads penetrate even more remote regions. Check on road conditions before traveling these routes. Bring extra water for your vehicle and tools for emergency repairs. Driving off designated roads is prohibited. Drive only on paved roads or on unpaved roads that are marked with yellow arrows.

Several commercial bus companies in Las Vegas operate guided tours of the Lake Mead area. Some include a motor tour of the recreation area, a boat trip on Lake Mead, and a tour of Hoover Dam.

Published: 9 Sep 2009 | Last Updated: 9 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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