Current Protection

Designated Wilderness

Management Agency

U.S. Forest Service

Year Protected


Total Area

22,366 acres

The Bald Mountain Wilderness was designated as part of the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2006. This act originated as a 2005 request to congress by White Pine County Commission to address conservation issues, including Wilderness. The White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2006 was the first opportunity for Friends of Nevada Wilderness to address the high quality wilderness areas in the region, which were overlooked by the 1989 Nevada Wilderness Wilderness Protection Act. Throughout 2005 and 2006, Friends of Nevada Wilderness mobilized the efforts to identify and protect additional wilderness areas in White Pine County. Bald Mountain Wilderness protects 22,366 acres of both US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Lands. The Act simplified management of the Bald Mountain Wilderness by transferring jurisdiction of BLM managed land to the Forest Service. Bald Mountain is the traditional home of the Western Shoshone, who have been living on and with these lands for countless generations.


The Bald Mountain Wilderness is located along the eastern side of the White Pine Range, with Ellison creek bordering it on the south. This Wilderness features a central series of peaks surrounded by rolling terrain with rocky outcrops and unique box canyons in the lower elevations.

Advocating for and designating Wilderness is only part of the obligation to care for wild public lands. Friends of Nevada wilderness is committed to partnering with the US Forest Service and other conservation groups to monitor, map, foster responsible Wilderness use, and to restore, mitigate, and repair ecological damage in Nevada’s outstanding Wilderness areas.

Agency Information

Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service

Local District: Ely Ranger District

Address: 825 Avenue I Ely, NV 89301

Phone: (775) 289-3031