Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead Climate and Maps

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Directions & Maps

There are nine main access points to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes two lakes and over 1.5 million acres of land.

The Lake Mead Visitor Center, also called the Alan Bible Visitor Center, is located off of U.S. 93, four miles southeast of Boulder City. See the park maps below to find the route best for you.

Map - Lake Mead NRA - (PDF)

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Getting There

Access off Interstate 15 in Nevada; U.S. Highways 93 and 95 in Nevada and Arizona. By air: to Las Vegas (25 miles from Lake Mead NRA); to Bullhead City, AZ (10 miles from Lake Mead NRA on Lake Mohave).


Weather in the Mojave Desert can be extreme at times. Storms and resulting flash floods are possible year-round. Avoid camping in washes and hiking in canyons during bad weather. If you are in a low-lying area during a storm, do not try to drive through flooded areas. Leave your vehicle and climb to higher ground. Backcountry roads often become impassable after a rain. Check with a ranger for current conditions.


Weather Data for Boulder City, NV
(Elev. 2501 feet - Degrees F. - Inches)
 Avg. Max. Temp.
 Avg. Min. Temp.
 Avg. Precip.
 January 54.3 38.5 0.69
 February 59.9 42.3 0.64
 March 67.4 46.8 0.69
 April 76.6 53.9 0.32
 May 85.9 61.8 0.19
 June 95.8 70.4 0.09
 July 101.6 76.7 0.52
 August 99.5 75.3 0.75
 September 92.5 68.9 0.54
 October 79.7 58.3 0.33
 November 64.5 46.5 0.46
 December 55.5 39.6 0.55


In the wintertime, temperatures range from 30 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit with some wind. Spring and fall are the most pleasurable times to camp when the days are warm and the evenings are cool. Summer brings hot temperatures that average above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and fall at night to the low 80s.


Lake Mead National Recreation Area comprises 1.5 million acres -- in Nevada and Arizona. The centerpiece of the recreation area is Lake Mead, impounded behind Hoover Dam near Boulder City in southern Nevada. Three of America's four desert ecosystems -- the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts -- meet in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. As a result, this seemingly barren environment contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, some of which may be found nowhere else in the world.



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