Award Date

Fall 1994

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dr. Dennis Soden, Environmental Studies

Number of Pages



Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, created by Hoover and Davis Dams respectively, were combined, along with much of the surrounding area, into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 1964. The enabling legislation is specific about the duty the National Park Service has to the public to create and maintain this, and other, national recreation areas for the benefit of the visitors, the environment, and future generations. By investigating human impacts on the physical environment (water quality, litter, etc.) and by querying park users on their opinions (with respect to crowding, visitor behavior, etc.), insight can be gained about appropriate visitor use levels. This paper explores research now being conducted to find the best visitor carrying capacity for the recreation area, using a case study of the Black Canyon area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.


Black Canyon (Ariz. and Nev.); Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Ariz. and Nev.); Outdoor recreation environmental aspects; Recreation areas public use


Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Policy | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration