This is the first edition of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area modern slideshow video series. Because this park covers such a vast area, there certainly will be more coming soon!
Lake Mead is a great place to be during the cool weather seasons and the snowbirds certainly do flock to this spot in numbers. The extreme heat of summer does make the environmental conditions much more challenging and fewer people visit that time of year. The exception is the holiday weekends when having fun in the summer sun overrides all else!
The Lake Mead Recreation Area offers a wide range of activities, which include boating, swimming, hiking and trail riding. Birding and wildlife viewing opportunities abound in this park, so be sure to pack a powerful lens. The fishing is also top notch and record breaking striped bass have been hooked in these waters. The camping options range from primitive boondocking to luxurious waterside developed campgrounds complete with tropical palm trees.
There are two large bodies of water in this park, plus the Colorado River. Points of interest around Lake Mojave are featured in this video. Lake Mojave is the top choice of pleasure craft boaters and fishermen alike. There are many hidden coves and a few public beaches at Lake Mojave, so this definitely is the place to be during a holiday weekend.
Driving the dirt road trails through the back country is a popular activity in this recreation area. A high ground clearance vehicle is best for the trails and a 4x4 is even better. Touring Christmas Tree Pass is a good option when visiting Lake Mojave or Laughlin, Nevada. Christmas Tree Pass Road goes to many unique points of interest, which include the native heritage sites at Grapevine Canyon and the newly formed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument, which is also known as Spirit Mountain. The photo images in this video were taken a few years before the official national monument designation, but the landscape has not changed. The Spirit Mountain hiking trailhead is located on the roadside near the Lake Mead boundary sign, in case you wish to do the trek.
There are a lot of dangers to be aware of when visiting the Lake Mead Recreation Area and doing some research prior to arrival will kindle awareness. The highest percentage of danger can be attributed to the human element, just like practically anywhere else. However there is something about the desert that makes crazy people even crazier, so it is always best to proceed with caution, especially when driving in this park.
The burning car incident in the Christmas Tree Pass scene in this video is a good example of what happens when carelessness strikes. Taking pictures of other people's misfortune is not really my bag, but after talking with the car owners it was okay. Nobody was hurt and the catalytic converter igniting underbrush was the source of the fire, but for the car owners it was a total loss.
Further uphill I met the fire and rescue crew as they were driving to the scene and I informed them about the situation. I handed them the camera and they really liked the blazing car on fire pictures! The photos also made it clear what the fire crew would be facing, which is always a nice help. That was an eventful little back country dirt road trip and one would be surprised to find out just how often disastrous events like this occur in this big park!
Lake Mead is also the home of one of the most famous man made landmarks in the world, which is Hoover Dam. Touring the big dam is a fun activity and a lot can be learned during the experience. For those who thrive on adrenaline, a tour of the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge will definitely satisfy a yearning for excitement. The catwalk is open to the public and the views of Hoover Dam from 890 feet above the Colorado River are nothing less than spectacular!
As mentioned earlier, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a big place with many unique destinations, so more Lake Mead slideshows will be published soon!
Lane Mojave 0:14
Cottonwood Cove 4:12
Christmas Tree Pass 7:15
Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge 14:40
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