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Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area

Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 46305
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Surprise Field Office
Contact Info: (530) 279-6101
602 Cressler St  Cedarville, CA96104
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Area Description

The Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area in northern Washoe County includes a portion of the Hays Canyon mountain range and all of Boulder Mountain. Typical of Great Basin mountainous areas, Wall Canyon is home to abundant canyons, buttes and rims plus upland benches and wide valley floors. Elevations range from 5,300 to 7,340 feet. The steep slopes, tall, dense sagebrush, juniper trees and large rocks largely restrict vehicles to the boundary roads.

Archaeological surveys of the region reveal a highly complex pre-historic settlement pattern. Temporary camps and hunting-related lithic scatters were found on the benches and slopes above drainages, at rim-edge chipping stations, near canyon rock shelters and at sources of massive obsidian.

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, a majority of this WSA contains critical and irreplaceable habitat for the greater sage grouse. Friends of Nevada Wilderness believes that full wilderness status for this area, and restoration of important lek, nesting and brood-rearing habitat could help stave off a listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act and help the bird's population to recover.


Water course in Wall Canyon WSA  (c) Brian Beffort

Mountainview Creek in Wall Canyon WSA  (c) Brian Beffort

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