Wild Areas in Nevada

Welcome to Wild Nevada. From the stark Black Rock Desert Wilderness to the snow capped peak of Mt. Charleston Wilderness towering over Las Vegas, to the golden aspen forests of the High Schells Wilderness near Ely, Nevada’s beauty is a secret we are sharing with you.

We are so lucky that almost 90% of Nevada is public land owned by us, the citizens of this country so we really can enjoy these special places with no “keep out” signs.

Our wild areas in Nevada are managed for us by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

You can explore these wild areas by region with a click on the map to the right, or by clicking a county name. You can also see Nevada's wilderness by clicking a type category below:

Wild Areas in the West Central Region

West Central Region
This region contains some of the most spectacular high alpine wilderness with Arc Dome, Table Mountain and Alta Toquima as well as the proposed Toiyabe Crest Wilderness and incredible wilderness study areas like Fandango, Morey, Antelope Range. Also found in this region are a number of great proposed wilderness in Lyon and Mineral counties like Wovoka, Excelsior Mountains, and the Gabbs Valley Range.

Wild Areas in the South Region

Southern Region
From the floor of the Mojave Desert to the top of Mt. Charleston at over 11,000 feet this region offers an incredible diversity of wilderness resources. From great climbing in the LaMadre and Rainbow Mountains to the wonderful areas along the Colorado River, this region has it all. The archaeologically rich areas in the Gold Butte region and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge still need wilderness protection.

Wild Areas in the East Region

Eastern Region
Some of Nevada’s newest wilderness can be found in this remote region with the fabulous High Schells, Mt. Grafton, Big Rocks, and Mormon Mountains Wilderness Areas. Wilderness explorers can find vast stands of aspen, large herds of elk, cross country skiing, limestone caves, and extensive wildflower displays.

Wild Areas in the Northeast Region

Northeast Region
Nevada’s first wilderness, Jarbidge is located in this region as well as the popular Ruby Mountain Wilderness and the wide open spaces of the Owhyee which includes the South Fork of the Owyhee and the Owyhee Canyon Wilderness Study Areas.

Wild Areas in the Northwest Region

Northwest Region
Home of the Black Rock Desert and High Rock Canyon wilderness complex and National Conservation Area, this is also where the Burning Man celebration occurs. The Black Rock Desert Wilderness is Nevada’s largest wilderness at over 300,000 acres. Many other wonderful areas still need protection such as the Virginia Range, Poodle Mountain and Wall Canyon.

Wilderness Study Areas

Below is a list of Nevada’s Wilderness Study Areas. These are primarily areas that the BLM identified as having wilderness character and must be protected until Congress decides whether or not to designate them as wilderness. A few of Nevada's Wilderness Study Areas are recommended and managed by agencies other than the BLM. Click on an area to learn more about these special places.

Lands With Wilderness Character

Below is a list of Lands With Wilderness Characteristics. These are wild areas on Nevada's public lands that have been identified as having wilderness characteristics--are at least 5,000 acres, offer opportunities for outstanding solitude, primitive recreation, and appear natural.  Other features are important as well, such as wildlife habitat, archeological values, native plants, water, etc.  The information on these pages is only preliminary, however. Boundaries have not been finalized, and work still needs to be done to assess how well these areas work with the needs of locals and other stakeholders.