On this day in 1990, Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area.  

Red Rock Canyon – 195,819 acres located just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip – is visited by more than one million people each year. A part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, Red Rock offers tourists a natural getaway with: a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing and mountain biking, horseback riding, picnic areas, and a visitor center complete with exhibit rooms and a book store.

CLICK HERE to plan your visit and access new interactive maps of the area.

All photos from annual BLM Nevada photo contests; click photos for photographers and descriptions.



Today, we share a few of our favorite shots from BLM Nevada’s annual photo contest. See more amazing outdoor photography on BLM Nevada’s Flickr.


Geology, Fossils and More

“Scientists collect fossils all the time,” said Scott Foss, a senior paleontologist with the BLM. “What is remarkable about this work is the vision that Kathleen had of making sure her team understood the intricacies of the deposits in incredible detail, which allowed them to determine how climate affected the local landscape. It was an immense undertaking, and one that will serve as a benchmark for generations to come for those interested in understanding the effects of climate change on desert ecosystems.”

Read more about what the BLM and USGS discovered outside of Las Vegas here


#mypubliclandsroadtrip Recap Continues with BLM Nevada!

From striking desert landscapes to historic trails to vast wilderness, the summer roadtrip in Nevada had something for everyone.  One of the most striking roadtrip stops - the Basin and Range National Monument.

Check out new photos of Basin and Range by Bob Wick, BLM.  The monument includes approximately 704,000 acres of public land in of one the most undisturbed corners of the broader Great Basin region. Less than two hours from Las Vegas, this unbroken expanse attracts recreationists seeking vastness and solitude.

Check out all BLM Nevada roadtrip photos on My Public Lands Flickr, and view the storymap roadtrip journal!


Snapshots from the New BLM Nevada Calendar - Available in BLM Nevada Offices

Last fall, BLM Nevada announced the winners of their 3rd Annual Photo Contest.  Featured here are just a few of the most popular shots, included in the new BLM Nevada calendar.  CLICK HERE to view all photo contest winners.  


The #mypubliclandsroadtrip ends the day with the diverse wilderness managed by BLM Nevada through the National Conservation Lands. 

These areas are largely undeveloped, natural, and unconstrained by human activity.  They provide outstanding opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined recreation. These wilderness lands consist of rugged mountain ranges, broad valleys, and desert plains that house natural and cultural resources.  The BLM Nevada, in partnership with local communities, manages these lands for current and future generations.

CLICK HERE to learn more about and plan a trip to a unique wilderness location in Nevada. Click individual photos for location and photographer name.


Today, #mypubliclandsroadtrip travels to several stunning Nevada landscapes that showcase the diversity of lands managed by the BLM.  

First up – Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area.

Known for its amazing desert habitat and wildlife, Nevada is also home to the Pine Forest Range.   A recent addition to the BLM’s wilderness areas, the range offers a diverse landscape of dense aspen stands, beautiful rock formations of enormous granite boulders and outcroppings, and an abundance of clean mountain streams and lakes.   Blue Lake, accessible only by hiking, is a remnant glacial lake.  Stands of rare remnant white bark and limber pines are present in this northern area of Nevada.  

The most amazing part? The fishing opportunities.  The pristine waters and untouched landscapes make it premiere fishing for brook, tiger, bowcutt, and rainbow trout. And visitors will find endless opportunities for rugged hiking and horseback riding - with very few trails - and primitive camping.

One visitor said that this gem “is like another planet.”


We’re kicking off the weekend with a photo collection from last week’s Burning Man event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert – the largest Leave No Trace event in the world, authorized under the most complex special recreation permit issued by the BLM.  All photos were taken by BLM employees assisting with event safety, logistics and more.

And if you like the Burning Man photos, you’ll want to see the Burning Man videos by Jayson Barangan from BLM Arizona. Check them out on the BLM Nevada’s YouTube – Embrace: Art on Nevada’s Public Lands; 12:00 on the Playa; and Embracing the Moment

Learn more about Burning Man here>> .


BLM Winter Bucket List #15: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada, for a “Natural” Getaway with Stellar Rock Climbing

When winter temperatures drive most of the nation indoors, Red Rock Canyon - Nevada’s first National Conservation Area - comes alive with activity. 

The area is located just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip and is visited by more than one million people each year.  In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers visitors 195,000+ acres for a different kind of adventure - a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, campgrounds and diverse outdoor recreation activities as well as a visitor center with exhibit rooms.  

What’s the greatest attraction to Red Rock in the winter? It’s the climbing in moderate weather. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is considered one of the finest rock climbing areas in the world. It features hundreds of established sport, bouldering and traditional climbs, with commercial guides and resources available for even the beginner.

Find more information about local events and activities on our partner organization’s website:


Beautiful winter shots of Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in Nevada from Kurt Kuznicki. Kurt – from Nevada Outside and Associate Director of Friends of Nevada Wilderness – shared the following info about the photos.

Night Shot of the Black Rock Range
The weather had been cloudy and gray for most of the day. However later that evening, the skies cleared and a waxing gibbous moon shone bright in the sky and lit up Soldier Meadows and the Black Rock Range like daylight.  Despite the chilly temps, I knew this was a great opportunity to take advantage of the clear skies, bright moon, and snowy Black Rocks. I wanted some foreground in my image, so I used my headlamp to focus my lens on some nearby rabbit brush. I lit up the foreground for the shot by using the warm light from the dome light of the truck.  This was the first time using my new camera and lens in the field, and needless to say, I was very pleased with the results. (Although next time I would shorten my exposure time to freeze the stars).

Pahute Peak Photos
We decided to go for a soak in one of the many hot springs in the area.  After a short drive, we were out of the truck headed for the hot spring and I noticed that the stormy skies over the Black Rock Range seemed to be clearing. I decided to forgo the soak and set up my camera. Slowly but surely, the storm started to lift, and I was treated to some of the best light of the year. 

Designated in 2000, the Black Rock NCA encompases nearly 1.2 million acres of public lands in northwestern Nevada. The landscape features historic wagon ruts and inscriptions and a wilderness landscape largely unchanged from when pioneers moved westward in the 1800s. Plan your own adventure with our interactive National Conservation Lands maps


This week, the BLM’s My Public Lands Instagram reached 60,000 followers! We’re celebrating this milestone with #mypubliclandspicks. Check out our instagram all weekend to view favorite photos and places to visit, selected by employees.

Featured above:

  • Sunset over Burning Man 2014, Nevada, by Casey Bryant, BLM Vending Compliance Team
  • Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado, by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist
  • Middle Fork, Wyoming, by Charlotte Darling, BLM Wyoming Rangeland Management Specialist

On this day, in 2004 President George W. Bush signed the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act into law. The Act added 14 BLM-managed wilderness areas to the National Wilderness System, including the Mount Irish Wilderness Area, featured above.

The Mount Irish range is also part of the Basin and Range National Monument, which was designated earlier this year.


On This Day in 1967, the BLM designated nearly 62,000 acres of the Red Rock Recreation Lands in southern Nevada as its first recreation area.

Today, Red Rock Canyon is better known as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/ State Route 159. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. 

In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and a visitor center. The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. 


Just 12 miles west of Las Vegas, the colorful, bare sandstone of the aptly named Rainbow Mountain Wilderness emerges from the valley floor, standing guard over the surrounding pinyon-juniper forest and Mojave Desert scrub below. Its sheer, towering red and white cliffs are cut by rugged, narrow, twisting canyons lined with willow, ash, and hackberry trees. 

Encompassing 24,997 acres, this desert wonderland dominates the western view of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and is managed jointly by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. 

With springs, sandstone ‘pothole’ water tanks, and an elevation range of 3,000 feet, topping out at the 7,070-foot summit of Mount Wilson, the wilderness supports a wide variety of wildlife and unique plant communities. Deep, cool canyons host chain ferns as much as six feet tall and ponderosa pines, which usually thrive at higher elevations like the rocky outcrops further up the mountainsides. 

Desert bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcats, mule deer, coyote, foxes, bats, squirrels, and numerous bird species also make their home in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM


On this day in 2000, President Bill Clinton created Nevada’s Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and added 10 wilderness areas to the National Wilderness System.

The Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area – a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands – is a protected set of lands surrounded by wilderness areas. These areas are protected for their historical significance, scenic beauty and fragile ecosystems. This area is what adventure seekers wish for. Known for its solitude and primitive lands, people come from all over the world to experience the Black Rock Desert. You can follow the wagon trails that emigrants used to cross over to California,  camp-out and not see another person, soak in natural hot springs or enjoy the playa (an ancient dried lake bed) where the curvature of the earth is readily apparent.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM


Enjoy a collection of stunning skies over Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada! 

A part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, the Basin and Range National Monument comprises 704,000 acres of public lands about two hours north of Las Vegas. The monument includes Garden Valley and Coal Valley; the Worthington Mountains, Golden Gate Range, Seaman Mountains, and Mount Irish Range; the Hiko Narrows and White River Narrows; and the Shooting Gallery rock art site. It is the first national monument managed by the BLM in Nevada. Opportunities for solitude abound in the wide open expanse for climbers, hikers, bicyclists, campers, hunters and OHV riders.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Basin and Range and the community celebration of the monument.  Explore the monument and other National Conservation Lands virtually with our new interactive recreation maps: .

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM