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: Forest Service
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. Its peaks offer scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys. Located west of Las Vegas, it 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 Stirling 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.
The National Forest and Public Lands of Nevada Enhancement Act (Public Law 100-790) October 28, 1988 adjusted the administrative boundaries for the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, placing approximately 91 percent of the Mount Stirling WSA within the new Forest Boundary. According to the law however, this WSA must still be managed the same as BLM WSAs.
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