Current Protection

Designated Wilderness

Management Agency

Bureau of Land Management

Year Protected


Total Area

68,623 Acres

The 68,623 acres of the Highland Ridge Wilderness protects the natural resources and wildlife habitat of the South Snake Range, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Nevada.  With elevations rising from 6,000 feet to almost 11,000 feet, Highland Ridge presents an outstanding landscape representative of both Nevada’s Basins and Ranges. Immediately north of the Wilderness the South Snake Range splits into two massive and rugged ridge lines, the west Highland Ridge which continues south from Lincoln Peak, and the east ridge that continues south and east of Granite Peak.  Between these 9,000+ foot ridges, a series of long, south-draining washes cut decisively into the limestone and volcanic rocks that comprise the core of this area.  Contiguous and north of the Highland Ridge Wilderness, Great Basin National Park includes the iconic highpoint of the South Snake Range, the 13,063-foot high Wheeler Peak/Doso Doyabi glacial cirque. Together, Highland Ridge Wilderness and Great Basin National Park create a bastion 145,773 acres of protected habitat and wild lands. Friends of Nevada Wilderness played an important role in the conservation protections for the South Snake Range. See the Additional Resources Tab on the left for the Conservation History of this magnificent area.

Highland Ridge Wilderness is the traditional homeland of both the Goshute and Newe (Western Shoshone) people who have been living on and with these lands for countless generations. The Swamp Cedars in the Spring Valley, to the West of the Snake Range, is an important cultural landscape and meeting place for both Goshute and Shoshone people. It is also the site of several 19th century conflicts between Whites and Native Americans which were critical for displacing the native people and resulted in the killing and massacre of a number of Native Americans.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness works closely with the Bureau of Land Management to provide stewardship for Highland Ridge Wilderness. Friends’ projects include mapping and resource, wilderness, and dark sky monitoring. Friends of Nevada Wilderness is committed to keeping the Highland Ridge Wilderness protected and accessible for future generations.


Agency Information

Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Local District: Ely Field Office

Address: 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301

Phone: (775) 289-1800