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The Desatoya Mountains Wilderness has no established trails. The entire region is open for skilled explorers to enjoy on foot or on horseback. Self-reliance is required to plan and explore the rugged country of this sublime wilderness.  The steep canyons on the west side of the Wilderness require rock-scrambling skills and the summit ridge provides uninterrupted visits of northwestern Nevada's mountainous Great Basin. Where mountain mahgony grows thick, passage becomes very challenging and difficult.


In August of 2015, a lightening-ignited fire burned nearly 4,000 acres of the southern-most Desatoya Mountains Wilderness, north of old US Highway 50 and Carrol Summit.  The fire raced through the Dry Canyon area and up the slopes of Bald Mountain.  In 2016, Friends of Nevada Wilderness partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to lead 3 volunteer ecological-restoration trips to the Desatoya Mountains Wilderness to plant seedlings.  

See FNW's Flickr Page for images of Desatoya Restoration Projects.

See Video of FNW's 2016 Desatoya Restoration Project here.