Goshute Canyon Wilderness

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Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2006

Act or Law: White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2006
Acres: 42544
State Region: Eastern Nevada
County Regions: White Pine   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Ely Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 289-1800
702 North Industrial Way HC 33 Box 33500 Ely, NV89301photo_goshutecanyon2_beffort_400.jpg
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Area Description

Goshute Canyon Wilderness lies in the Cherry Creek Range in northernmost White Pine County. It is a big landscape with a hidden canyon that feeds perennial streams full of native trout species. With a long, north-south trending ridgeline above 9,500 feet and a summit of 10,458 feet, Goshute is an ideal hiking destination with incredible views of the Ruby Mountains just 50 miles away. Along its lower flanks on the east side, one can enter Goshute Cave a network of limestone tunnels that connect large rooms -- a perfect destination for first time cavers.

The wilderness area is a study of contrasts. Brilliant yellow fall color and light-colored rock flare against the dark foliage of the evergreen canopy. Sense of distance can be distorted by the immense scale of topographic features. The rugged, mountainous core of the Cherry Creek Range rises above 10,000 feet. Expansive meadows rimmed by craggy peaks create a vision of untouched natural beauty. Goshute and Carry Basins are watersheds for perennial streams.

Lower elevations are thickly forested by pinyon pine and juniper, while bristlecone and limber pine thrive in the higher elevations. Aspen and cottonwood crowd the moist drainages, providing a verdant, cool retreat. Large, high-elevation basins rimmed by naked peaks fill with wild flowers in spring and summer.

Snowmelt and springs provide water for wildlife including Bonneville cutthroat trout, mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, owls, falcons, eagles, hawks, kestrels and marmots.

Goshute Cave, gentle yet highly decorated, gives visitors a glimpse into a subterranean wilderness. The nature of limestone in this area suggests the presence of undiscovered caves for the persistent explorer. This potenial lures cavers to the area.

Primitive recreation is outstanding here. Hunters find mule deer, mountain lion, blue grouse and sage grouse. Fishing for Bonneville cutthroat trout is found in Goshute Creek. Cottonwoods and willows shelter camp spots along the banks of both Goshute and Carry creeks.

This wilderness is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.