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Calico Mountains Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2000

Act or Law: Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Act of 2000
Acres: 64984
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Humboldt   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Winnemucca Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 623-1500
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd  Winnemucca, NV89445
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Area Description

A riot of color, this multi-hued mountain range was aptly named the Calico Mountains Wilderness. Mormon Dan and Petrified Canyons are striking examples of the colorful rock formations that abound within the range. The Wilderness is about 17 miles long and 7 miles wide with elevations ranging from 3,950 to about 8,000 feet.

Rock hounding and sightseeing are popular activities linked to the interesting geology of the area. Sweeping vistas can be seen from the summits of Donnelly and South Donnelly Peaks.

Emigrant Trail
The eastern side of the range is within the viewshed for the Applegate-Lassen Trail. The area still looks much the same as it did when the pioneers came through in the 1850's.

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

Wildlife: American Badger, Northern Pocket Gopher, Burrowing Owl, American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Pygmy Short-horned lizard, Western Fence Lizard, Desert Wood Rat, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Vast sky complements the colored geology of the Calico Mountains Wilderness.  (c) Kurt Kuznicki

The Calico Mountains Wilderness are home to bighorn sheep and other wildlife.  (c) Kurt Kuznicki

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