Services, Getting There
Services: Las Vegas is 45 miles to the east.
Hikes & Trails
Benchmark Gazetteer, page 79.
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
The Mount Stirling Wilderness Study Area is a land of canyons and ridges with heavy forest cover. This rugged landscape provides challenging routes for hikers. Wheeler Peak and Mount Stirling offer scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys. Located west of Las Vegas, Pine Creek is part of the Spring Mountains complex, which also includes the La Madre Mountain Wilderness and Mount Charleston Wilderness.
Paleozoic marine fossiliferous formations, two large petroglyph sites and remnants of a pine nut milling site provide a look at geologic and cultural history. Three charcoal kilns are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Places like the Mount Sterling WSA are under siege from burgeoning population pressures from Pahrump and southern Nye County. New housing developments have reduced open space, forcing wildlife to retreat, and more residents are venturing into the hills to explore their backyard wild country.
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