Bridge Canyon Wilderness

A spring in Bridge Canyon Wilderness
A spring in Bridge Canyon Wilderness
Bridge Canyon Wilderness

All 7,761 acres of Bridge Canyon Wilderness are contained within the boundaries of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Contiguous to the northern border of Bridge Canyon Wilderness is Spirit Mountain Wilderness. Bridge Canyon Wilderness is also part of the Newberry Mountains, a mountain range composed of steep canyons, large and rugged granite boulders and numerous springs and seeps. There are also several caves in the area.

While most vegetation in the area is typical creosote bush community (catclaw, mesquite, desert scrub oak, yucca, creosote bush, etc.), the bottoms of Sacatone and Grapevine Washes also support stands of cottonwood. Grapevine Canyon also supports cattails, rushes and canyon grape. In this area is one of the northernmost populations of smoke tree. In the higher elevations you'll find scattered stands of juniper and pinon pine.

The area is rugged but the hiking isn't bad, even though there is a dearth of trail markings. However, in your travels out here you may come across coyote, bighorn sheep, mule deer, side-blotched lizard, desert tortoise and several species of rattlesnake. From the parking area below Grapevine Canyon, a short hike will take you into an area with hundreds of petroglyphs, lending credence to the religious significance of this area immediately south of Avikwame (Spirit Mountain) to the Fort Mohave and other local Native American tribes.

Bridge Canyon Wilderness map
Bridge Canyon Wilderness map logo
Upper photo courtesy of John Tesar, National Park Service
Upper left photo courtesy of Chris Barns, via
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!
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