Park Range Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
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State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Ely Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 289-1800
702 North Industrial Way HC33 Box 33500 Ely,
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The Park Range Wilderness Study Area's high meadows and volcanic spires make it a great place to explore. Rugged and remote, it is in virtually-untouched condition, with spring-fed meadows scattered across basins that are banked by volcanic towers. Unique because they have not been grazed by livestock, these meadows offer the naturalist a living laboratory in diverse ecosystems and natural habitats.
Few places in this state are more remote and less used than the Park Range. It supports a dense forest of pinyon pine, juniper and mountain mahogany. Remote meadows perch high in the mountains, providing secluded camp spots. Canyons that drain the range are open enough to permit easy hiking while providing solitude, even in heavy use.
Abundant water across the area provides good habitat for reptiles, small mammals and raptors such as goshawk, prarie falcon, golden eagle, kestrel and Cooper's hawk.
The upland meadows contain evidence of prehistoric occupation dating back some 10,000 years.
Hiking through a well-watered meadow in the Park Range. (c) Craig Deutsche
The Park Range WSA offers outstanding solitude in northern Nye (c) Craig Deutsche