Photo: Peter Prehn, Bristlecone at Great Basin NP, (Some rights reserved) is updating our guide to Wild Nevada – the state’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. Corrections and suggestions are welcome as comments on this page.

All eyes are on water, but Nevada faces other environmental threats
Your library card can now provide free entry to all state parks in Nevada
Four Nevada environmental issues to watch in 2023
How a fight over transgender rights derailed environmentalists in Nevada – Politico @jholz__
Arroyo House is a Sustainable Desert Home in Southern Nevada
Central Nevada ichthyosaur fossil reveals surprising information – KOLO
Let’s rebuild our outdoor recreation economy – Jacky Rosen/RGJ
Growth at what cost? @danagentrylv
A showdown in Nevada could determine the future of electric vehicles in the U.S. – Salon
Nevada COVID-19 Response Team discuss the virus’ impact on wildlife
Silver State Sights: Cathedral Gorge State Park – KOLO

Spotlight: Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Blue Diamond Broadband

Special kudos go to Jim Boone, a longtime vocal advocate for wilderness and wildlife conservation, focusing on southern Nevada and the greater Southwest. Public lands and national monuments are under threat in the United States with many people unaware of their value and often how to visit. Jim’s website Bird and Hike – – encourages people to visit, learn about, and fall in love with the Mojave Desert.

Trail Finder

Nevada Trail FinderFacebookYouTube@NevDCNR

Outdoor Recreation
U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Boost Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Sector in Nevada
U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.9 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Boost Business and Job Growth in the Outdoor Recreation Sector in Boulder City

Google Maps

Love this feature and map! This Desert Companion page does not credit the authors, but kudos! Question: Any recommended hikes near Jean? We are visiting Seven Magic Mountains with frequency and would like some options in that corner of the valley.

Natalie Burt
It’s bloom time: Where to look for desert wildflowers
Henderson area teems with winged visitors from north

Deborah Wall
For a great winter hike, check out natural bridge

State Parks
3.5 million people visit Nevada’s state parks each year. Lake Tahoe and Valley of Fire have a significant amount of visitation from outside Nevada and outside the USA. Off the radar parks include Beaver Dam (outside of Caliente). Adjacent to Tule Springs National Monument, Ice Age Fossils State Park debuted a new visitor center in 2019.

New Administrator Hopes To Bring Interpreter Programs To More State Parks
Robert Mergell appointed to lead Nevada Division of State Parks – DCNR

Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park
Sea monster ichthyosaur left state fossil – RJ
Mystery Nevada fossil site could be ancient maternity ward – AP

Harry Brean: I just love that the official fossil of the driest state in the nation is a giant sea monster found on a mountainside in a landlocked desert.

The year that was: Looking back on Nevada’s conservation and preservation highlights in 2018

Recommended Listening

Fewer Butterflies Means Bigger Problems For Nevada’s Ecosystem

IndyMatters Episode 79: Brad Crowell, natural resources chief, talks water, sage grouse and wildfire in a Sisolak administration
The Nevada Independent’s #IndyMatters podcast. Reporter Daniel Rothberg sat down with Brad Crowell, who heads the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, to talk about water, sage grouse conservation and wildfires. They also talked about what policies and aren’t changing under a new gubernatorial administration. “I think you’ll see from this administration more leaning in on addressing climate and energy problems,… focusing on clean energy, focusing on reducing emissions,” he said. @danielrothberg @NevDCNR @TheNVIndy

Elsewhere on the Web
Nevada Interactive 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada@SCEC
Great Basin Bug Lab
Ward Charcoal OvensWikipedia
Southern Nevada Agency Partnership
Southern Nevada District, for BLM
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, for NPS
Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, for FWS
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, for USFS
State Historic Preservation Office, for volunteer cultural site stewardship
The Tahoe Rim Trail
The John Muir Trail
Kershaw Ryan State Park

Seeking Lost


Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Nevada State Parks
Protect Basin and Range
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
River Mountains Loop Trail

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blm nevada
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Spotlight on the Sage Grouse
Sage Grouse Conservation
Sage Gouse Initiative

Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter
@SCToiyabe We are YOUR LOCAL activists in Nevada and the Eastern Sierra, fighting on your behalf for the following:

  • Protecting public lands, wildlife and their habitats, and our region’s scarce waters from speculation and development;
  • Engaging with our elected environmental champions at all levels to pursue 100% renewable energy, community solar, protecting Nevada’s water law, better infrastructure for electric vehicles and mass transit, and walkable, healthier communities instead of sprawl;
  • Advocating for smart-growth, open space protection, and transportation that makes sense in regional planning efforts;
  • Protecting essential waters from “water-mining” (using water faster than it recharges) and development; and
  • Recruiting, training, and empowering volunteer activists to speak up on these issues and more!

Southern Nevada Conservancy

Santa Rosa Mountains

Walker Lake Recreation Area
Nevada lake poised to become great restoration story
Walker Lake – Wikipedia

White Mountains are home to Nevada’s tallest peak, Boundary Peak

Monitor Range

Wallace Canyon
Wallace Canyon – Explore Nevada

Nevada Museums Association
Preserve Nevada
Nevada Division of State Parks

The Sump

Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA)
Projects Funded by SNPLMA

Economic Benefits

“Outdoor recreation supports over 59,000 jobs in the state,” Colin Robertson with the Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation

Conservation Framework

2021 Survey

The Nevada Divisions of Outdoor Recreation and State Parks announce the release of a public survey on outdoor recreation in Nevada. The survey is part of the federally required Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which is updated every five years. This plan establishes criteria for funding outdoor recreation projects in Nevada, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program, and guides outdoor recreation development over the next five years.  Public input is critical for creating a comprehensive plan that addresses the outdoor recreation needs of all Nevadans.

Recommended Viewing: Outdoor Nevada

Recommended Viewing: Wild Nevada
Hosted by Chris Orr @chrisorr_nv and Dave Santina @dsantina
PBS Reno’s ‘Wild Nevada’ season 5 picked up for distribution by American Public Television

Clark County

Honor Spirit Mountain
The proposed Avi Kwa Ame (Ah-VEE kwa-ah-may) National Monument in Southern Nevada contains some of the most visually stunning, biologically diverse, and culturally significant lands in the entire Mojave Desert.

List of Nevada state parks
Gass Peak


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