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South Egan Range Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2006

Act or Law: White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2006
Acres: 67214
State Region: Eastern Nevada
County Regions: White Pine  Lincoln  Nye


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, NV89301
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Area Description

Massive, sheer cliffs rise dramatically from the west to 9,600 feet, thus forming the rugged limestone mountain spine of the South Egan Range Wilderness. This high, Bristlecone-studded ridgeline is accessed through meadows and forests and affords spectacular views of the valley 4,000 feet below. In the southern third of the wilderness, Long Valley forms an open bowl between high mountain ridges. Rolling hills of pinyon-juniper woodland and deep canyons with lush, riparian vegetation round out the ecological and scenic diversity.

The South Egan Range Wilderness provides important nesting areas for golden eagles, kestrels, hawks, great horned owls, long-eared owls, turkey vultures, and a high density of prairie falcons.

Angel Cave, a mostly-unexplored, limestone-solution-pit cave, lies within the wilderness at an elevation of 9,000 feet. The cave's unique, crystaline floor and dog-tooth spar formations have, unfortunately, been vandalized by collectors.

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


Rugged topography of the South Egan Wilderness offers plenty of opportunity for solitude.  Unknown

  (c) Peter Druschke

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