The McCullough Mountain Range lies in Southern Nevada just south of the Las Vegas Metropolitan area. This mountain range consists of two ends: the northern end and southern end. These ranges vary and do not comprise of a single geological feature.
The northern area of the range was created from volcanic activity. The highlight at the northern end of the range is Black Mountain
with an elevation of 5,092 feet. One can find black gramma grass, which is not known to be found anywhere else in Nevada. This section of the range is also contained within Sloan Canyon Conservation Area
The southern end of the McCullough Range is comprised of old metamorphic rock cut by canyons on both the east and west sides. McCullough Mountain
is the high point of the entire McCullough Range located in the southern half rising 7,026 feet. Canyons and ridges run in every direction here. This area is challenging for roure finding due to the round ridgetops and winding canyons existing here.
This mountain range starts at the south end of the Las Vegas Valley next to Henderson and continues south west of Searchlight, NV and then goes west almost to the California border. Access points are off of HWY 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight as well as from the Stateline on dirt roads heading east. For specific directions for specific peaks in the range refer to "Getting There" sections for specific peaks. (IE Black Mountain
or McCullough Mountain
This range lies almost entirely on BLM land. Camping is on BLM land is open and free. (Camping is permitted anywhere within 100 feet of a designated road as long is it is not within 1/4 mile of a water source).
For more information contact:
Bureau of Land Management
Las Vegas Field Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
External Links Volcanoes of the McCullough Range
South McCullough Wilderness Jim Boone's detailed page on the South McCullough Wilderness
North McCullough Wilderness Area Jim Boone's detailed page on the North McCullough Wilderness
Petroglyphs Photos of Petroglyphs found in Sloan Canyon
Driving Directions Driving Directions for Sloan Canyon Conservation Area
Rock Art Protection An article of Rock art protection in Sloan Canyon