Fox Range National Conservation/Wilderness Study Area

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Proposed National Conservation Area (NCA)

Year Designated: NCA Proposed in the Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act

Act or Law: Introduced in January 2024
Acres: 70,796 
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Winnemucca Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 623-1500
5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard  Winnemucca, NV89445photo_foxrange_roughcyn_schandler_r1_400.jpg
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Area Description

The Fox Range NCA will provide permanent conservation protections for Fox Range WSA. The NCA encompasses the Fox Mountain Range immediately north of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. It includes three distinct landforms: the highly-dissected, rugged terrain of steep canyons and prominent ridges to the west, the rolling hills and desert piedmont located on both the east and west fringes of the NCA. Riparian zones, barren ridges and sand dunes are all present. The NCA measures 20 miles long and 9 miles wide. Elevations range from 3,900 to 7,608 feet. The Smoke Creek Desert lies to the west and the San Emidio Desert to the east.

The west side of the Fox Range is a rugged landform of steep canyons and prominent ridges. A large bowl-like basin, Juniper Flat, is located near the ridge crest. The east side of the range is a smoother, more rolling landform. A small area of granitic outcrops and remnant boulders occurs just east of Pah Rum Peak.

Hiking and camping, hunting, horse packing, rock climbing and scrambling can be done here. The diversity and unique character of the rock formations within the Fox Range provide endless opportunities for surprising visitor who explore the wild landscape.

John C. Fremont's 1842-43 route, with Kit Carson as guide, followed the eastern edge of the WSA, but no trace of his passage still exists.

Currently, the Fox Range Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.