Stillwater Range Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Act or Law:
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Churchill
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Carson City Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 885-6000
5665 Morgan Mill Road Carson City,
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The Stillwater Range Wilderness Study Area includes roughly the central third of the Stillwater Mountain Range. Elevations range from 3,400 feet in Dixie Valley to 7,615 feet at the summit of Eagle Peak. The best scenic values are found in Hare and Mississippi canyons, with their colorful geologic formations and rugged terrain. The land is somewhat rolling, with no discernible timber line. Water is scarce and generally found only at a few springs. There are no perennial streams. The fault scarp on the east side is a result of the 1954 Dixie Valley earthquake. In places, the earth has been displaced vertically up to seven feet.
Desert bighorn sheep, once native to the range but eliminated through poaching and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep which grazed the area until the 1940s, were successfuly reintroduced into the WSA in 1985.
A few wooden buildings are still partially standing at the old mine site in upper White Cloud Canyon. Stacks of cut cord wood intended for use in the smelters at Coppereid, outside the WSA, can still be seen in some of the side canyons north of White Cloud Canyon.
The Stillwater Range WSA as seen from Stillwater Marsh. (c) Philip DeManczuk
Stillwater Range as seen from the Clan Alpine Mountains (c) John Wallin