There are numerous recreation opportunities available in the over 45,000 acres of the LTS, providing a destination for recreationists in southern Nevada and beyond. Many of the trails accommodate most types of OHVs, although some trails are suitable only for particular types of vehicles: ATVs, specially modified SUVs and Jeeps, or motorcycles. The trails can accommodate a variety of skill levels, with some trails limited to experienced riders. Rock climbing and hiking are also ways to explore the LTS. Picnicking and camping provide relaxing ways to experience the area.
Because the desert looks barren at first glance, visitors may not initially think of the LTS
as a place to observe plants and animals. To the contrary, the desert of the LTS is home to a variety of plant and animal species, some of which are threatened. Animals, like the desert tortoise and bighorn sheep, are frequently spotted by visitors. Plants, even rare ones, can be seen in the LTS, particularly in the spring when the plants are in bloom. The cryptobiotic soil crust of the LTS plays an important role in the ecosystem.
In all of these cases, it is vital that visitors respect the area and follow the trails. Although it may not seem like a big deal to ride off the established course, creating new paths seriously jeopardizes the long-term health of the LTS. Even simply widening existing trails can jeopardize rare plants that live along the edge.
The same rules hold true for the rock art found in the LTS. These etchings were created hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. They are still sacred to the Native American communities who associate themselves with the area, the Moapa Band of Paiutes. The rock art is very sensitive to disturbances. Even just touching the petroglyphs will harm them. The continued existence of the rock art is dependent upon visitors treating them with the respect they deserve.