Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
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State Region: Northeast Nevada
County Regions: Elko
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Elko Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 753-0200
3900 East Idaho Street Elko,
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Characterized by extremely rugged terrain and densely-wooded drainages, the Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area provides outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation. This is a great place for backpacking, hiking, camping, rock climbing and wildlife observation. The WSA measures 18 miles long and 8 miles wide.
Hear you can find the signature trees of the Great Basin: juniper, white fir, limber pine, bristlecone and pinyon pine. Because the range lies so far east, the Rocky Mountain maple appears in the riparian drainages of the eastern canyons.
Goshute Peak WSA provides a respite for up to 8,000 raptors each year from August to mid-October. It is part of the same migration route as the contiguous Bluebell WSA to the north. In addition, it supports the only known bald eagle, winter, communal-roosting tree known in the region.
This is a fault-block range. Its up-thrown, western slope is characterized by steep, rocky canyons and limestone cliffs. Long, densely-forested drainages such as Lion, Felt, and Christmas Tree canyons, are present on the down-dropped, eastern side of the block.
This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.
The Goshute Peak WSA in Elko County (c) Scott Smith
Camping in the foothills of the Goshute Peak WSA in Elko County (c) Brian Beffort