The 8 Mile Road Boondocking in Lake Meade Conservation Area operates on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to being close to Lake Mead, where guests may go swimming, fishing, and boating, the neighboring mountains provide stunning scenery. For any of the free boondocking areas a pass is required to enter the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. A Federal Interagency pass will get you in. Otherwise it is $10 for 7 days and $30 for a yearly pass.
There are no services available, although travelers can easily access Boulder City for shopping. There are just 15 campsites available in the high clearance vehicle only camping area. From October through April, when temperatures average in the 60s and 70s, is prime season for a trip. Find out how to get there.
The 8 Mile Road Boondocking in Lake Meade Conservation Area road is completely unpaved and is located east of Las Vegas in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Access to Lake Mead is provided, and it is kept in good condition. The destination is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. From the exit to the river, the road is a washboard of gravel.The route is 5.63 kilometers (about 3.5 miles) long from State Route 41A. A 4x4 is a must have here. Coyotes are abundant, so take precautions.
A lovely little detour within Lake Mead National Park. The higher part of the road contains some loose gravel, but it widens and improves as you travel down. Since the water level is so low, dozens of routes have been created by 4x4s in search of a place to fish and camp. It would take a lot of time to read and comprehend them all. Staying on the main roads is the safest bet, but if you feel adventurous, you can find some really dangerous spots. At sunset, the landscape is exceptionally beautiful.