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Clover Mountains Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2004

Act or Law: Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004
Acres: 85748
State Region: Eastern Nevada
County Regions: Lincoln   

Management

Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Ely Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 289-1800
702 North Industrial Way HC 33 Box 33500 Ely, NV89301
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Area Description

The volcanic peaks of the Clover Mountains Wilderness rise over 7,000 feet above sea level. Narrow twisting canyons, cliffs, rock outcrops, peaks, ridges and saddles create a scenic land of surprise.

Flora
High in the mountains live old-growth stands of ponderosa pine and quaking aspen both of which are uncommon in this part of Nevada. Riparian vegetation thrives along the one of the longest pristine year-round streams in Nevada.

Fauna
While youre exploring, keep your eyes open for mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcat and badger. Overhead you might spot an endangered peregrine falcon, prairie falcon or golden eagle. The lower regions of the area provide important habitat for kit fox and numerous species of reptiles.

Recreation
Hiking, camping, climbing and rock scrambling, as well as horseback riding are outstanding due to the variety of scenic topography, which creates numerous routes, trip lengths and challenges. Hunting for mule deer is good.

Geology
Millions of years ago, this area was a major volcanic center, spewing lava flows over the landscape. Now this ancient caldera, cut into twisting shapes and inspiring colors by millions of years of erosion, is a rewarding destination for a weekend escape. Exceptional opportunities abound for solitude and adventure in this land of rolling hills, rugged peaks, jagged rock outcrops of rhyolite in natural hues of pink, yellow, red, orange and brown as well as twisting canyons and perennial waters.

History
An historic homesite remains in Cottonwood Canyon, along with traces of the flood-damaged way into it.

This wilderness is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.

Wildlife:

As with many Nevada mountain ranges, ancient ponderosa pine forests grow high in the Clover Mountains.  (c) Charlie Watson

Pine and sage ornamenting the slopes of the Clover Mountains.  (c) Charlie Watson

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