Virgin Mountains

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Virgin Mountains
Virgin Mountains from Northshore Drive.jpg
Virgin Mountains seen from the Northshore Drive along Lake Mead
Highest point
Peak Virgin Peak
Elevation 7,946 ft (2,422 m) [1]
Coordinates 36°36′10″N 114°06′42″W / 36.60278°N 114.11167°W / 36.60278; -114.11167Coordinates: 36°36′10″N 114°06′42″W / 36.60278°N 114.11167°W / 36.60278; -114.11167
Area 116 sq mi (300 km2) [citation needed]
Country United States
States Nevada and Arizona
Historical (1928) photo of the southern Virgin Mountains and Grand Wash

The Virgin Mountains are a mountain range of the northeastern Mojave Desert, located in Clark County, southeastern Nevada and Mohave County, northwestern Arizona.


Virgin Peak, at 7,946 feet (2,422 m) in elevation, is the highest point in the range. The range is northeast of Lake Mead, and around 15 miles (24 km) south of the Nevada town of Mesquite.

Hydrologically, the range is located in the Lower ColoradoLake Mead watershed. (USGS Huc 1501),[2]

91.6% of the range is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, with a section of the Virgin Peak area designated within the BLM Virgin Mountain Natural Area.[3]

Natural history[edit]

The range has many species of lizards, as well as the Panamint rattlesnake and glossy snake. Trees found in the range include Single-leaf pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla), Arizona cypress (Cupressus arizonica), White fir (Abies concolor), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma), and Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum). The range has one endemic species of stick insect, Timema nevadense.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Query Form For The United States And Its Territories". U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  2. ^ "Boundary Descriptions and Names of Regions, Subregions, Accounting Units and Cataloging Units". Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. ^ Bureau of Land Management: Virgin Mountain Natural Area
  4. ^ Strohecker, H. F. 1966. New Timema from Nevada and Arzona. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 42: 25-26

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