Several deep, twisting canyons issue from the central core region and into the southern bajada. The eastern mountainous region holds hills, peaks, washes and draws. Many of the canyon areas and some of the boundary zones have spectacular cliffs. Elevations within the Wilderness boundaries range from approximately 2,600 to 6,200 feet.
This area provides steep, rugged terrain for desert bighorn sheep and a variety of raptors. The long sloping bajadas around the periphery of the wilderness provides critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise. The Delamar Mountains Wilderness encompasses a portion of the Mormon Mesa Desert Tortoise Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Sensitive species likely to be found in the wilderness area include the white bearpoppy and banded Gila monster.
Leave No Trace
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 in the Delamar Mountains Wilderness.
The Delamar Mountains Wilderness is located in southern Lincoln County approximately seventy-five miles to the north of Las Vegas and fifteen miles southeast of Alamo.
Access to this wilderness from Las Vegas is via Highway 93. Kane Springs road and the Delamar powerline road, both bladed, dirt roads intersect Highway 93 and allow access to the southern and northwest portions of the Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 - Public law 108-424 (11/30/2004) To establish wilderness areas, promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for the high quality development in Lincoln County, Nevada, and for other purposes.
On the north, a large northeasterly trending canyon makes an attractive hiking route. The higher peaks in the central and eastern portions are good destinations for camping and provide expansive views of the Sheep Range, Pahranagat Valley, Meadow Valley Range, Mormon Mountains, Kane Springs Valley and beyond. The steep and rocky terrain is good for rock scrambling, climbing, and hunting upland game. Due to the lack of water, horseback riding would be limited to the east portion out of Gregerson Basin.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact Caliente Field Office for current weather, road conditions, and hazards.
Want to Volunteer for Wilderness?
Citizens who volunteer their time to steward our wilderness areas are an essential part of wilderness management. Contact the following groups to inquire about volunteer opportunities.