Bad Lands Wilderness Study Area

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Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
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Act or Law:
Acres: 9426
State Region: Northeast Nevada
County Regions: Elko   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Elko Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 753-0200
3900 East Idaho Street  Elko, NV89801
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Area Description

Low volcanic hills ranging from 5,800 to 6,800 feet form the canvas of the Bad Lands Wilderness Study Area. But Salmon Falls Creek must be recognized as the artist of the region. Carving an eight mile canyon through the heart of the WSA, Salmon Falls Creek sculpts the old lava and rhyolitic flows into a gallery of rugged walls and pinnacles more than 100 feet tall against the spectacular backdrop of the Jarbidge Mountain WSA Lush riparian vegetation follows the main canyon and creeps into lower adjoining canyons.

The diversity of wildlife species, including river otter, raptors, chukar, cougar and bobcat provides great wildlife photography. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the area in 1989.

Hiking, fishing, investigating pre-historic archeological sites, and a rare opportunity for canoeing and rafting round out the unique recreation awaiting the modern explorer in the Bad Lands WSA. Fishing is excellent along Salmon Falls Creek. Kayakers and rafters run Salmon Falls Creek during high water.

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