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Quinn Canyon Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 1989

Act or Law: Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989
Acres: 26310
State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye   


Managing Agency: Forest Service
Local District: Ely Ranger District
Contact Info: (775) 289-3031
825 Avenue I  Ely, NV89302
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Area Description

The Quinn Canyon Wilderness covers 27,000 acres and is about midway between Las Vegas and Ely. Elevations range from 6,000 feet on the benches to over 10,000 feet along the crest. This area is an extension of the jumbled high country in the Grant Range to the north. The Grant and Quinn Canyon Ranges are split by the Cherry Creek Road at a low point in the ridge.

This rugged area, 10 miles long above 9,000 feet, forms an important summer range for bighorn sheep. Mountain lion, coyote and bobcat are common.

Colorful rock outcrops are present along the northern part of the crest, and the north fork of Pine Creek offers several small waterfalls near its headwaters.

Many ridges and side drainages extend east and west from the main crestline. Long, narrow drainages with large watershed basins channel snowmelt and summer rainfall down narrow V-shaped canyons.

Pinyon, juniper, sagebrush, white fir, aspen and mahogany blend to form contrast and beautiful mosaics. Bristlecone pine can be found at the higher elevations. There is one known federally-listed sensitive plant species, Pimula Nevadensis, occurring in the wilderness.

Located within the Basin and Range physiographic province, this wilderness is a transition between the low-elevation, hot desert and the high-elevation, sub-alpine cooler climate.

The extreme isolation and solitude of the Quinn Canyon Wilderness, combined with its scenic and special places, make this a precious area.

Wildlife: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Pallid Bat, Spotted Towhee, Clark's Nutcracker, Northern Flicker, Juniper Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Canyon Wren, Mule Deer, Black-throated Sparrow

Rugged mountain canyons characterize this remote Nevada wilderness.  Unknown

Sunset and long shadows in the Quinn Canyon Wilderness  (c) Ron Hunter

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