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Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area Southern Access
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Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area
Ireteba Peaks

Area Description


This wilderness area is located about 45 air-miles south of Las Vegas, between Nelson and Searchlight, and east of Highway 95.

Link to Wilderness Area Map

Ireteba Peaks Southern Access

Access is from dirt roads along the north and south sides of the wilderness area, and from Lake Mohave on the east. The road to the southern boundary was graded in September 2012, so it is in reasonable condition and suitable for an adventurous driver with a 2WD, high clearance vehicle. I drove it using 2WD in my jeep, but it was comforting to know that I could shift into 4WD if necessary.

To get to the south side of the wilderness area, drive south from Las Vegas on Highway 95 to Searchlight (Table 1, Site 0927). In Searchlight, turn east (left) onto Cottonwood Cove Road (the eastern extension of Highway 164) and drive east for about 6.8 miles to where high-tension powerlines cross the paved road. Pass under the powerlines and continue east for another 0.9 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the north (left) side of the road (Site 1320); this is Rockefeller Mine Road (NPS Rd 32).

Ireteba Peaks

Turn left onto Rockefeller Mine Road and drive northeast on the one-lane graded dirt road. About 0.8 miles out, signs mark the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and identify this as Road 32 (Site 1321). Follow Rockefeller Mine Road as it winds around the near mountains, runs up and over a pass, drops into a wash system on the southern edge of the wilderness area, and arrives at Opal Mountain Road (NPS Rd 33; Site 1323) and the edge of Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area.

Rockefeller Mine Road deteriorates after passing Opal Mountain Road, but it continues to the northwest towards Rockefeller Mine at the base of the Ireteba Peaks ridge, while Opal Mountain Road runs east to pass the base of Opal Mountain before reaching the shore Lake Mohave.

Details of the roads are given on the Rockefeller Mine Road and Opal Mountain Road webpages.

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0463 Cottonwood Cove 709895 3929901 35.49229 114.68614 755 Yes
0927 Hwy 95 at Hwy 164, Searchlight 688813 3926424 35.46519 114.91921 3,500 Yes
1320 Cottonwood Cove Rd at NPS Rd 32 701103 3928204 35.47882 114.78341 1,982 GPS
1321 NPS Rd 32 at NPS Bndry 701754 3929197 35.48764 114.77599 1,896 GPS
1322 NPS Rd 32 at NPS Rd 34 706348 3932940 35.52042 114.72444 1,161 GPS
1323 NPS Rd 32 at NPS Rd 33 702757 3937881 35.56568 114.76277 1,768 GPS

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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