Its always hard to predict where the next national park, preserve, or monument will be established. But in the Mojave Desert in southern Nevada on the border with the Mojave National Preserve is the proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument. This proposal would create a corridor to link multiple protected areas to the northeast in Nevada to the Mojave Preserve to the southwest in California and beyond.

The proposed monument is a hotspot of natural diversity and includes many unique species found nowhere else in the world. Elsewhere in the Mojave Desert, one can enjoy off-roading day adventures from Las Vegas for a break of the Strip.

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About The Proposed National Monument

The proposal for the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument advocates that this hotspot of natural diversity is no place for development. They say that the establishment of the monument would promote the survival, growth, reproduction, and resiliency of the plants and animals found in the Mojave Desert.

  • Size: The Proposed Site Spans More Than 380,000 Acres of Public Land In Southern Nevada
  • Pronunciation: Avi Kwa Ame (Ah-VEE kwa-meh)

The proposed national monument contains some of the most visually stunning and biologically diverse lands of anywhere in the Mojave Desert. It features dramatic peaks, scenic canyons, natural springs, sloping bajadas covered with ancient Joshua tree forests. For those who would like to see the stunning Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park, then see the best hikes through the park.

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The whole area is considered sacred by ten Yuman-speaking tribes as well as the Hopi and Chemehuevi Paiute. The area has great significance for the Yuman tribes being an area tied to their stories of cosmology, creation, and well-being.

  • Name: Avi Kwa Ame Means Spirit Mountain

Conservation efforts have been heightened by plans to build large wind farms in the heart of the proposed national monument. The fear is that such developments would scar the lands and degrade the habitat. While wind farms are green and sustainable, it is feared they would still have a negative impact on the local environment.

  • Advocates: A Coalition of Native Tribes, Local Residents, the Nevada Legislature, And Conservation Groups Are Working To Establish The National Monument

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What The Proposed National Monument Would Protect

The aim of the proposal is to preserve the outstanding ecological, cultural, recreational, and scenic values of the area for future generations. But it's not just about protecting the animals and plants that call this region home, it is also aimed at preserving the Native American ancestral land and would join Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments.

  • Mojave Trail: The National Monument Would Also Protect The Mojave Trail - Used By Indigenous People And Later by Settler And Explorers
  • Designated: The Region Is Designated An Important Birding Area For Its Unique and Diverse Assemblage of Birds
  • Golden Eagles: It Includes One of the Highest Densities Of Golden Eagles In Nevada
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep: It Is A Vital Migratory Corridor For Desert Bighorn Sheep
  • Desert Tortoise: Likely Contains The Highest Density of Desert Tortoise In Nevada
  • Joshua Trees: Includes The Largest Joshua Tree Forest and Is Home to Some Of The Oldest And Largest Joshua Trees Today

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Walking Box Ranch

The area also includes the Walking Box Ranch. It was carved from the massive Rock Springs Land and Cattle Company in 1931 and purchased by Red Bell. He and his wife, Clara Bow, were both Hollywood film stars and they lived on the ranch with their family until the mid-1940s. Since then it has changed hands numerous times and is now in a large expansive desert tortoise conservation area.

It has been added to the National Register of Historic Places for its association with cattle ranching in Clark County and the Mojave and for its architectural significance.

  • Listed: On The National Register of Historic Places

Note: As Of The Time Of Writing Tours Of The Walking Box Ranch Are Not Available

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The main house is an example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and the barn and parts of the corrals are examples of the railroad tie construction.

Normally tours are permitted for now one can just walk around outside the perimeter of the property to view the unique characteristics of the ranch. Check the Bureau of Land Managed to see when the Walking Box Range will next be open to the public.

So if one is interested in visiting the Mojave Desert, then some of the best of it is not in national parks, preserves, or monuments. Next time visiting Las Vegas visit this area and see why so many people in the area are campaigning for it to be protected and preserved.

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