Three different agencies manage various parts of the LTS: The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and the Nevada Valley of Fire State Park (VOF). Together, these agencies work to offer visitors recreation opportunities in a safe environment while conserving the beauty and resources of the area.
In order to protect the resources described below, a number of actions have been taken. The Valley of Fire State Park now prohibits OHV use within its boundaries. The Bureau of Land Management has marked a series of roads and trails for OHV use. All those not marked are not appropriate to ride on.
Another step taken to ensure the conservation of the area is a monitoring program. Ten resources have been identified as needing monitoring: plants, wildlife, invasive species, cultural resources, noise, interpretation, trails, air quality, cryptobiotic soil crust, and recreation. If the established standards are not met, then action is to be taken. For more information, please refer to the LTS Integrated Resource and Recreation Area Management Plan, LTS Monitoring Plan, and the LTS Monitoring Protocols.
Volunteers are needed to help in the monitoring program. If you would like to participate, please contact Partners In Conservation.
In contrast to the hustle and bustle of daily life, the LTS offers incredible and diverse scenery and a way for people to experience the landscape while participating in challenging or more relaxed recreation activities. While the LTS provides an impressive setting that is an integral part of the recreation experience, unauthorized recreation can scar the landscape, diminishing the experience for all visitors. Visitors are stewards of the land, and are responsible for its health and well-being. In order to preserve the integrity of the area, the following rules need to be observed.
- Ride or drive only on marked trails.
- On a marked trail, stay within the existing trail footprint.
- Do not drive on cryptobiotic soils.
- Do not touch petroglyphs.
- Leave any items, such as plants or pieces of pottery, at the site.
- Pick up after yourself.
What You Can Do to Protect the LTS
In addition to following the rules of the area, you can do your part to protect the LTS by:
- Contacting Partners In Conservation to volunteer. Activities could include clean-ups, monitoring for plant health, education programs, and others. For more information, call 702.864.2464 or go to Partners In Conservation.
- Becoming familiar with the plants and animals of the LTS. Learn about what each needs to thrive.
- Reporting any unauthorized use.