Master of Arts in History
First Committee Member
Andrew G. Kirk, Chair
Second Committee Member
David M. Wrobel
Third Committee Member
Eugene P. Moehring
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
Though Americans tend to view wilderness as separate from nature, environmental historians have argued that wilderness is a cultural construct more than a quantifiable geographic category. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA), a 195,000-acre tract located west of Las Vegas, Nevada, is one such cultural construction. Since 1960, this BLM-managed parcel has served as a local and regional expression of broader, national trends in outdoor recreation, interpretation, and development and thereby forced visitors to engage (often unknowingly) in a cultural dialogue about consumerism, technology, and identity. With information from newspapers, archival collections, oral histories, and government documents, this thesis illustrates the complex relationship between humans and nature by examining the stories of climbers, environmentalists, developers, and interpreters in Red Rock Canyon NCA.
Development; Human ecology; Interpretation; Las Vegas; Nevada; Nevada – Las Vegas; Nevada – Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area; Outdoor recreation; Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area; Rock climbing; Urban development; Wilderness areas – History
Cultural History | Desert Ecology | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Policy | History | Natural Resources and Conservation | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | Social History | United States History
Weatherly, Megan Sharp, "Transforming space into place: Development, rock climbing, and interpretation in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 1960-2010" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 362.
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