The Virgin Mountains are located across three states: Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Covering 885 square miles (68% in Arizona and 31% in Nevada), it is the mountain range one sees when driving along I-15 from Las Vegas as you come up on Mesquite, Nevada just before entering Arizona. Virgin Peak strikes the eye when driving along I-15 going towards Arizona and Utah.
The Virgin Mountains form the famous Virgin River Gorge
which runs along the 36 miles along I-15 in Arizona between Mesquite, NV and St. George, UT. This Gorge exposes red rocks that form steep cliffs and walls. This separates the Utah desert from the Virgin Valley in southeast Nevada.
The majority of this range is under the jurisdiction of the BLM. The range has species of lizards, as well as the glossy snake and Panamint rattlesnake. Trees found in the range include Arizona cypress, white and Douglas fir, Utah and Rocky Mountain junipers, and singleleaf pinyon pines.
Hikers in the Virgin Mountains see a variety of environments and topographic features. Scenic views and physical challenges are experienced from the lower elevations to the top of the many peaks that can be hiked here. Virgin Peak, the highlight of the Virgin Mountains, comes in at number 56 on the prominence list for Nevada Peaks
with 3203 feet of prominence.
From Las Vegas drive North on I-15 about 75 miles to Mesquite, NV (exit 122). You are now at the base of the Virgin Mountains. To get specific directions look at the Peak's directions for getting there (IE Virgin Peak
or Mt. Bangs
Popular Peaks in the Virgin Mountains
Elevation 8,075 feet
Elevation 8,012 feet
Little Virgin Peak
Elevation 3,533 feet
This range lies almost entirely on BLM land. Camping is on BLM land is open and free.
For more information contact:
Bureau of Land Management
Las Vegas Field Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
External Links Paiute Wilderness
Virgin River Basin
Jim Boone’s Page on hiking Virgin Peak
Mesquite, NV Weather