Fortification Range Wilderness

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Wilderness Area Statusphoto_fortification1_ssmith_400.jpg

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2004

Act or Law: Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004
Acres: 30656
State Region: Eastern Nevada
County Regions: Lincoln   


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, NV89301photo_fortification_fallcolors_ssmith_400.jpg
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Area Description

In a region of Nevada dominated by rugged limestone mountains, the Fortification Range proclaims its independence with a brilliant display of stark white and pale pink volcanic tuff formations. This wilderness offers a wide variety of terrain, from the gentle topography of the south to the rugged vertical ramparts of the north - culminating in the enormous natural amphitheater of upper Cottonwood Canyon.

The north end of the area is the most scenic, in the vicinity of Cottonwood Canyon. Hikers and campers enjoy the weathered rock formations. It's a great place to study geology. Pinyon-juniper woodland blankets most of the southern part. Most of the Fortification Range is in a natural condition, preserved by thick forests and rugged volcanic rocks. The area is most frequently visited by hunters, trappers and people gathering pine nuts.

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

A wide varitey of wildlife finds food and cover in the wild terrain including the Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake.

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