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Honoring Native Land
The greater Augusta Mountains and surrounding region have been traditional cultural landscapes for the Nuumu and Newe people for countless generations. [Check back for more content Coming Soon.]
Of historical significance is a stage coach stop marked by a lonely stone cabin and corral. This area now functions as a popular camp site. Learn more about the Conservation History of the Cain Mountain history in the Additional Resources Tab on the liftoff this page. (More Info Coming Soon)
The Middle Triassic deposits in the Augusta Mountains have yielded one of the North America’s richest and most diverse faunas of marine reptiles. These beds feature an excellent state of preservation of the fossil material. Wilderness designation helps protect these valuable resources and allow for continued scientific research, study, and excavation of these unique marine reptile skeletons. In 2011 the skeleton of a rare, 246M year-old pregnant ichthyosaur was discovery and successfully excavated in 2014. .
The Cain Mountain Wilderness features a Great Basin sagebrush ecosystem with juniper-pinyon woodland and small amount of riparian vegetation in the larger drainages. Phacelia olaberrima (smooth phacelia) was listed as "sensitive plant" by the Nevada Native Plant Society on January 19, 1983. It can be found in the southern section of the Wilderness.