Fandango Wilderness Study Area

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Wilderness Study Area
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Acres: 40,940 (40,410 Forest Service and 530 BLM)
State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye   


Managing Agency: Forest Service
Local District: Austin-Tonopah Ranger District
Contact Info: (775) 964-2671
PO Box 130  Austin, NV89310
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Area Description

Fandango Wilderness Study Area is part of a spectacular wilderness complex. Views from the top of fandango ridge are breathtaking. Lush riparian vegetation fills the numerous canyons and draws. Brilliant fall colors fill the canyons creating veins of gold contrasting with the dark green foliage of the evergreen canopy. The perennial creeks support brook trout and carpets of wild flowers in the spring and early summer. This is a wonderful place for hiking and backpacking where visitors will enjoy watching wildlife and discovering hidden pictographs and petroglyphs.

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

The National Forest and Public Lands of Nevada Enhancement Act (Public Law 100-790) October 28, 1988 adjusted the administrative boundaries for the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, placing nearly all of the Fandango WSA within the new Forest Boundary. According to the law however, this WSA must still be managed the same as BLM WSAs.


Wildlife include elk, mountain lion, and mule deer, plus a host of raptors. It is a popular hunting area.