Blue Eagle Wilderness Study Area

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Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
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Acres: 59560
State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Battle Mountain field Office
Contact Info: (775) 635-4000
50 Bastian Road  Battle Mountain, NV89820
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Area Description

The spectacular, thick-bedded limestone of Blue Eagle Mountain creates a fortress plateau surrounded by sheer cliffs on three sides. Reminiscent of the hidden realms in stories such as The Lost World, this 9000-foot island in the sky supports a forest of white fir, ponderosa, limber pine, and bristlecone pine. The Blue Eagle WSAs rocky cliffs and deep, narrow canyons provide refuge for Nevadas only surviving band of indigenous big horn sheep. Tiers of limestone cliffs and precipitous canyons barred by dry waterfalls create navigational challenges for the explorer. Native American pictographs have been found near the numerous springs around the mountain's base. The diverse wildlife of Blue Eagle WSA, the Grant Range Wilderness and Riordan's Well WSA rely upon these springs in this otherwise dry region of Nevada. These three land units fit together to make a complete ecosystem. Wilderness designation is a must for the protection of this complex, interdependent community.

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