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Red Rock Canyon

National Conservation Area - Nevada

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area.

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Visitor Map of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) near Las Vegas in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Visitor Map

Visitor Map of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) near Las Vegas in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Scenic Drive Overview of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) near Las Vegas in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Scenic Drive Overview

Map of Scenic Drive Overview of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) near Las Vegas in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Moenkopi Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 1 Moenkopi Loop Trail

Map of Moenkopi Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Calico Hills Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 2 Calico Hills Trail

Map of Calico Hills Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Calico Tanks Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 3 Calico Tanks Trail

Map of Calico Tanks Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Turtlehead Peak Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 4 Turtlehead Peak Trail

Map of Turtlehead Peak Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Keystone Thrust Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 5 Keystone Thrust Trail

Map of Keystone Thrust Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of White Rock - Willow Spring Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 6 White Rock - Willow Spring Trail

Map of White Rock - Willow Spring Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Grand Circle Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 7 Grand Circle Loop Trail

Map of Grand Circle Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of White Rock Mountain Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 8 White Rock Mountain Loop Trail

Map of White Rock Mountain Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of La Madre Spring Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 9 La Madre Spring Trail

Map of La Madre Spring Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Willow Spring Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 10 Willow Spring Loop Trail

Map of Willow Spring Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Petroglyph Wall Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 11 Petroglyph Wall Trail

Map of Petroglyph Wall Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of North Peak Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 12 North Peak Trail

Map of North Peak Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Bridge Mountain Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 13 Bridge Mountain Trail

Map of Bridge Mountain Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Lost Creek Children's Discovery Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 14 Lost Creek Children's Discovery Trail

Map of Lost Creek Children's Discovery Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Lost Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 14 Lost Creek Trail

Map of Lost Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of the Spring Mountain Youth Camp SMYC Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 15 SMYC Trail

Map of the Spring Mountain Youth Camp SMYC Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Ice Box Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 16 Ice Box Canyon Trail

Map of Ice Box Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Dale's Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 16 Dale's Trail

Map of Dale's Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Pine Creek Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 18 Pine Creek Loop Trail

Map of Pine Creek Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Pine Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 18 Pine Creek Canyon Trail

Map of Pine Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Fire Ecology Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 19 Fire Ecology Trail

Map of Fire Ecology Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Arnight Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 20 Arnight Trail

Map of Arnight Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Knoll Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 21 Knoll Trail

Map of Knoll Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Oak Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 22 Oak Creek Canyon Trail

Map of Oak Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Middle Oak Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 23 Middle Oak Creek Trail

Map of Middle Oak Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of South Oak Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 24 South Oak Creek Trail

Map of South Oak Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of First Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 25 First Creek Canyon Trail

Map of First Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Kraft Mountain Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 27 Kraft Mountain Loop Trail

Map of Kraft Mountain Loop Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Ash Spring Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Ash Spring Trail

Map of Ash Spring Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Ash Gene's Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Gene's Trail

Map of Ash Gene's Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Girl Scout Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Girl Scout Trail

Map of Girl Scout Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Calico Basin Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Calico Basin Trail

Map of Calico Basin Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Calico Overlook Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - Calico Overlook Trail

Map of Calico Overlook Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Lost Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 14 Lost Creek Trail

Map of Lost Creek Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Pine Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Red Rock Canyon - 18 Pine Creek Canyon Trail

Map of Pine Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) in Nevada. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Official Nevada State Highway Map. Published by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NVDOT).Nevada State - Nevada State Highway Map

Official Nevada State Highway Map. Published by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NVDOT).

Red Rock Canyon NCA https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Rock_Canyon_National_Conservation_Area The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area.
RED ROCK CANYON KEYSTONE VISITOR GUIDE A NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA ADMINISTERED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT Proudly presented by Southern Nevada Conservancy in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. FIRST STOPVISITOR CENTER Be sure to stop by the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center before you start your day. The Scenic Drive will not return you to that area so you don’t want to miss it! The Visitor Center is an informational hub for visitors filled with indoor and outdoor exhibits, plant specimens from throughout the canyon, and a desert tortoise habitat. Check out the Information Desk for hike recommendations, participate in a program, and pick up something at the gift shop to remember your trip. WELCOME Welcome to one of America’s most beautiful landscapes! In addition to fantastic scenery, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers some of the best hiking, rock climbing, biking, and outdoor recreation activities in the region. The 13-mile Scenic Drive offers several scenic overlooks, parking areas, picnic areas, and access to dozens of day hikes and trails. Red Rock Canyon’s spectacular sandstone escarpment, the iconic desert tortoise, and the thickets of Joshua trees herald the natural world of geology, animals, and plants to be experienced in the over 200,000 acre National Conservation Area, managed by the Bureau of Land Management. If you are looking for more information, please stop by the visitor center to view exhibits, pick up informational handouts and talk with staff about how you can make your visit more special. Once you get home, take a peek at our website redrockcanyonlv.org or blm.gov/site-page/rrcnca GET READY TO SAFELY EXPLORE Search and rescue incidents are unfortunate but do occur in Red Rock National Conservation Area. The Mojave Desert is an extreme environment subject to intense heat in the summer and very cold temperatures in the winter, especially during windy conditions or at higher altitudes. Let friends or family members know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Don’t rely on mobile phones during your visit as coverage in the area can be unreliable or non-existent, especially within canyons. Never leave valuables in plain sight where they may tempt someone to break into your vehicle. Your safety is your responsibility. Please read the important safety tips below: BRING SUFFICIENT WATER WATCH FOR LIGHTNING PREPARE FOR EXTREME HEAT PLAN AHEAD BEWARE OF STEEP CLIFFS DON’T RELY ON CELL SERVICE Drink at least one gallon (four liters) per day if you are hiking, the day is hot or the trail is exposed to direct sunlight. The Visitor Center is the only area with refill stations and safe drinking water. Temperatures in Red Rock Canyon can average more than 100° F (38° C) during the summer months. The best protection against heat is drinking plenty of water and limiting exposure to the sun. We recommend arriving early during the summer months. Falls from cliffs have resulted in death. Loose sand or pebbles on stone are slippery. Never throw rocks; there may be hikers or climbers below you. WATCH FOR DESERT DWELLERS Watch where you put your hands and feet. Rattlesnakes, scorpions or venomous spiders may be sheltered behind boulders or under rocks and shrubs. Do not touch, collect, feed or harass these animals. WEAR APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE GEAR For hiking, select shoes that will provide a comfortable fit, ankle stability and protection against cactus spines. Wear a hat, dress in layers and apply suncreen! BEWARE OF FLASH FLOODS Flash flooding is a greater risk at Red Rock Canyon due to the smooth sandstone – even a relatively small amount of rain can result in a flash flood. Lightning storms frequently occur in the afternoon during the summer months. To prevent lightning from striking you, avoid high places and seek cover in buildings or in vehicles with the windows rolled up. Hikes sometimes take longer than expected. Remember to carefully plan your hike, being aware of sunset times and weather forecasts. Be sure to read all trail descriptions carefully and do not hike above your skill level. Always bring extra water. There is currently little to no cell service available in Red Rock Canyon. While it may seem like we are very close to Las Vegas, it may be impossible to reach 911 or call for help in case of an emergency. Consider carrying an emergency GPS locator. In addition, this means that you will not be able to use popular rideshare apps on your return trip to Las Vegas. Make sure to arrange a taxi ahead of time. DON’T CLIMB ON WET SANDSTONE Sandstone becomes very brittle when wet and climbing wet sandstone poses an increased risk to climbers from dangerous breakoffs and injury from rockfalls. It is best practice to wait 24-72 hours after rain before climbing. If rain is in the forecast, consider the limestone sport crags instead. SCENIC DRIVE. ONE WAY ROAD, 13 MI (20.9 KM) 8 La Madre Spring 10 White Rock Rocky Gap Road
Red Rock Canyon NAT U RA L WOR L D NATIONAL conservation area The Natural World Red Rock Canyon’s spectacular sandstone escarpment, the desert tortoise at the visitor center, and the thickets of Joshua trees herald the natural world of geology, animals and plants to be experienced in the nearly 200,000-acre national conservation area. Spend some time here and you’ll see plants that put on spectacular flowering shows in the springtime and provide lasting sources of water, food and shelter to the birds, reptiles and mammals that make the southern Mojave Desert their home. This guide will also introduce you to the cultural and historic uses of Red Rock Canyon before its special designation as a Bureau of Land Management National Conservation Area. Geology of Red Rock The passage of millions of years is written on the sandstone cliffs and limestone outcrops of Red Rock Canyon. The geological record reveals an area that was at the bottom of an ocean basin and its emergence from the sea when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Limestone Outcrops More than 500 million years ago, this area was underwater and for more than 250 million years limestone sediment accumulated which contained the fossils of sea life that flourished during that time. Early- to mid-Paleozoic Era limestone is exposed on the escarpment on the west and north sides of the national conservation area. Later Paleozoic Era Permian limestone outcrops can be seen on the east side; especially on Blue Diamond Hill and its extension to the north, Fossil Ridge. Photo: Red Rock Escarpment by Mark Rekshynskyj What’s Inside [1] Geology of Red Rock Aztec Sandstone Escarpment [2] Explorers at Red Rock About 250 million years ago, during the Mesozoic Era of geological time – the Triassic Age of Reptiles and the Jurassic Age of [3] Native People at Red Rock Dinosaurs – Southern Nevada emerged from the sea and millions of years of continental deposition began, culminating in the [4] Birds formation of the Jurassic period Aztec sandstone. The great sandstone cliffs at Red Rock, thousands of feet high, are made up [5] Plants and Insects of Aztec sandstone. This formation, about 180 million years old, represents lithified sand dunes that formed in a vast desert [6] Carnivores and Herbivores that covered a large part of the southwestern United States during Jurassic time. The sand slowly changed into sandstone as [7] Small Mammals and Wild Horses and Burros subsurface water percolated through the sediments and deposited cements of iron oxide and calcium carbonate in the pore [8] Insectivores and Reptiles spaces between the grains. These sandstone rocks were slowly uplifted thousands of feet to their present elevation, and exposed to weathering and erosion. Photo: Up a Hill by Jeff Yost a public land administered by the Page [2] Colorful Sandstone The red color of many exposures of the Aztec sandstone is from the presence of iron oxide. Exposure to the elements caused some of the iron minerals to oxidize or “rust,” resulting in colorful red, orange and brown rocks. Areas where the sandstone is buff colored may be places where the iron has been leached out by subsurface water, or where the iron oxide was never deposited. Red spots are iron concentrations that are more resistant to erosion than the surrounding sandstone. They eventually erode out of the sandstone as little balls or “desert marbles.” Photo: Grallator track by Brent Breithaupt Did Dinos Roam Red Rock? Paleontologists have confirmed fossilized tracks (footprints) made 180 to 190 million years ago in sandstone within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This is the first documented dinosaur tracksite in Nevada. Dubbed the Red Rock Tracksite, dozens of tracks from the Early Jurassic period have currently been documented. At this point, two types of tracks and trackways are recognized from the site: • Grallator tracks are footprints made by small theropod dinosaurs (two-legged, three-toed, meat-eating dinosaurs) • Octopodichnus tracks are footprints made by arthropods (possibly similar to modern spiders and scorpions) Keystone Thrust Fault A cap of older gray Paleozoic limestone resting on top of the younger Jurassic period sandstone can be seen on the escarpment to the west. Normally younger rock overlies older rock. The occurrence of older rock on top of younger rock is a result of the Keystone Thrust Fault. About 65 million years ago, compressional forces in the Earth’s crust were dominant in this region. The older rock was thrust up over the younger rock over a period of thousands, if not millions, of years. The limestone cap covering the sandstone has protected the weaker sandstone from erosion for millions of years. The compressional thrust faulting at the end of the Mesozoic Era can be traced all the way up into Canada. But the best exposure of the thrust faulting along the entire thrust belt is considered to be here in Red Rock Canyon. Explorers at Red Rock A Spanish scou
BLM/NV/LV/GI/12-13+1800 Welcome! Mt. Charleston BLM’s Junior Explorer program helps introduce young explorers like you to the lands and resources that the BLM manages. This discovery book will introduce you to plants, animals, and history of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is one of many public land locations you can enjoy. the appropriate number of pages for your age 1 Complete group. Feel free to have a Ranger or adult help you. It's also okay to do more activities if you wish. Ages 6 and under: 4 pages Ages 7-9: 5 pages Ages 10-12: 6 pages Ages 13 and above: 8 or more pages Rainbow Mountain Mt. Wilson this book to the visitor center information desk after 2 Take you finish your pages so that a BLM Ranger or volunteer can check your work. someone has checked your answers, you will be sworn 3 Once in and the certificate at the back of this book will be filled out. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Plant Zones How would you like to travel from Mexico to the Arctic and not leave Red Rock Canyon? As you drive around the 13-Mile Scenic Drive, you will change elevation (the height above sea level). The temperature will be about three to five degrees cooler for each 1,000 feet you climb. You may not think of these changes as much, but it is for plants and animals. Each type of plant and animal can only tolerate a certain amount of coolness and dryness. This means that the higher you climb and the cooler it gets, you, too, will get to experience the different plant zones. Joshua Tree 2000-6000ft Utah Juniper 5000-7000ft Beavertail Cactus Sea level-4000ft Many-Headed Barrel Cactus 3500-4800ft 2 Ponderosa Pine 6000ft and up Bonnie Springs Old Nevada Turtlehead Peak Bridge Mountain Calico Hills Scenic Drive Calico Basin Visitor Center Red Spring Picnic Area State Route 159/Charleston Boulevard Blue Diamond Hill Hey kids! My name is Sandy and I’m a Junior Explorer here at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area! That means it is my responsibility to help keep Red Rock Canyon clean, tell others about Red Rock, and do my part to protect and preserve Red Rock. Now it is your turn to become a Junior Explorer too! I will guide you through the book to make sure you are ready to be an official Red Rock Canyon Junior Explorer! Let’s have fun! State Route 159/C harles ton B oulev ard 3 Four Major North American Deserts OR Mojave Desert ID (Hint: the smallest desert entirely in the US) WY Sonoran Desert (Hint: crosses the US and the Mexican border) NV Great Basin Desert UT (Hint: the largest desert entirely in the US) CO Chihuahuan Desert CA (Hint: the only desert that has area in Texas) AZ NM TX Come and discover a part of the Mojave Desert at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Fill in the four desert areas with the correct pattern. What is a desert? A desert is an area that gets less than 10 inches of rain per year. It can be very hot and sometimes quite cold (below freezing). Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is within the Mojave Desert, which gets most of its rain during winter storms and occasional scattered summer thunderstorms. Other places in the Mojave Desert can reach temperatures up to 130 degrees F (about 55 degrees C). That’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk! Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is also part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. 4 Public Lands Belong To You! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a federal government agency that takes care of more than 245 million acres of land. Most of these lands are in the western part of the United States. These lands are America’s public lands, and they belong to all Americans. The BLM manages public lands for many uses. The lands supply natural resources, such as coal, oil, natural gas, and other minerals. The lands provide habitats for plants and animals. People enjoy the big open spaces on the lands. The lands also contain evidence of our country’s past, ranging from fossils to Indian artifacts to ghost towns. National Landscape Conservation System The Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) contains some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 887 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert. National Landscape Conservation System Alaska Upper Missouri River Breaks NM Steese NCA Pompeys Pillar NM Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area CascadeSiskiyou NM Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area Mortley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA Headwaters Forest Reserve Craters of the Moon NM Maryland Black Rock DesertHigh Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA King Range NCA McInnis Canyon NCA California Coastal NM Fort Ord NM Piedras B

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