Mount Moriah Wilderness
Wilderness Area Status
Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 1989
Act or Law: Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989
Acres: ~82000 / 89790*
State Region: Eastern Nevada
County Regions: White Pine
Local District: Ely Ranger District
Contact Info: (775) 289-3031
825 Avenue I Ely,
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Mount Moriah Wilderness, with a maximum elevation of 12,067 feet, is located at the north end of the Snake Range. There is an adjacent plateau known as The Table about 1,000 feet below the peak, and there are numerous caves in the area. The Table is a unique high elevation plateau covered with subalpine vegetation with bristlecone pine, Douglas fir, and limber pine stands occurring along its edge.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and the Bonneville cutthroat trout are also special attractions of this area. There is one known, federally-listed, sensitive plant species, Eriogeron cavernensis, and one sensitive fish species, the Bonneville cutthroat trout, occurring in the wilderness.
This wilderness is on the eastern edge of Nevada in the Basin and Range physiographic province and is located about 60 road miles east of Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County.
Approximately 6,500 acres are administered by the BLM. Great Basin National Park is 15 miles to the south and is accessible via paved and gravelled roads.
Approximately 1,800 acres of the wilderness are being considered for Research Natural Area status.
* When originally created in 1989, the Mount Moriah Wilderness encompassed approximately 82,000 acres. In 2006, the White Pine County bill increased the size of this wilderness area; so it now totals 89,790 acres.
Wildlife: Three-toed Woodpecker, Bonneville Cutthroat Trout, Rock Squirrel, Ringtail, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake, Mountain Bluebird, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Black Rosy Finch, Violet-green Swallow, Black-chinned Hummingbird
Mount Moriah Wilderness was designated in 1989 and expanded in 2006. (c) Marcial Reilly
An autumn mist brings out the seasonal colors at Mount Moriah. (c) Scott Smith