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Fox Range Wilderness Study Area

Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 75404
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe   


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

The Fox Range WSA encompasses the Fox Mountain Range immediately north of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. It includes three distinct landforms: the highly-dissected, rugged terrain of steep canyons and prominent ridges to the west, the rolling hills and desert piedmont located on both the east and west fringes of the WSA. Riparian zones, barren ridges and sand dunes are all present. The WSA measures 20 miles long and 9 miles wide. Elevations range from 3,900 to 7,608 feet. The Smoke Creek Desert lies to the west and the San Emidio Desert to the east.

The west side of the Fox Range is a rugged landform of steep canyons and prominent ridges. A large bowl-like basin, Juniper Flat, is located near the ridge crest. The east side of the range is a smoother, more rolling landform. A small area of granitic outcrops and remnant boulders occurs just east of Pah Rum Peak.

Hiking and camping, hunting, horse packing, rock climbing and scrambling can be done here. There are no unusual scenic attractions to draw people to a single location.

John C. Fremont's 1842-43 route, with Kit Carson as guide, followed the astern edge of the WSA, but no trace of his passage still exists.

This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.


North of Pyramid Lake this WSA is a prime contender for wilderness designation in Washoe County  (c) Steve Chandler

Rough Canyon forms the boundary between the Fox Range and Pole Creek WSAs  (c) Steve Chandler

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