Mount Stirling Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Act or Law:
State Region: Southern Nevada
County Regions: Clark
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Las Vegas Field Office
Contact Info: (702) 515-5000
4701 N Torrey Pines Drive Las Vegas,
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The Mount Stirling Wilderness Study Area is a land of canyons and ridges with heavy forest cover. This rugged landscape provides challenging routes for hikers. Wheeler Peak and Mount Stirling offer scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys. Located west of Las Vegas, Pine Creek is part of the Spring Mountains complex, which also includes the La Madre Mountain Wilderness and Mount Charleston Wilderness.
Paleozoic marine fossiliferous formations, two large petroglyph sites and remnants of a pine nut milling site provide a look at geologic and cultural history. Three charcoal kilns are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Places like the Mount Sterling WSA are under siege from burgeoning population pressures from Pahrump and southern Nye County. New housing developments have reduced open space, forcing wildlife to retreat, and more residents are venturing into the hills to explore their backyard wild country.