Bluebell Wilderness Study Area
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Act or Law:
State Region: Northeast Nevada
County Regions: Elko
Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Elko Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 753-0200
3900 East Idaho Street Elko,
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Lying in the Goshute Mountain Range, the Bluebell Wilderness Study Area shares a similar extremely rugged and colorful 8,700 foot backbone with its neighbor, the Goshute Peak WSA. But the similarity ends with the dissected lowlands of Bluebell's east side. Hundreds of meandering canyons wander through these low mountains, gathering together to form the densely-forested drainages of Thirty-mile Canyon and Morris, West Morris and Morgan Basins. The WSA measures 14 miles long and 8 miles wide.
The Bluebell region is known for spectacular wildflowers. The area supports stands of pinyon pine, limber pine, Utah juniper, white fir and mountain mahogany. Bristlecone pine occurs at higher elevations.
The Goshute Mountain Range lies along the annual north-south migration route of thousands of raptors. Birdwatchers can use binoculars to identify golden aagles, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, goshawks, American kestrels, peregrine falcons, and Cooper's hawks. The migration is from late August through mid-October.
This is a fine place for hiking and camping, rock climbing and fossil collecting, wildlife observation and photography. It also has high potential for undiscovered limestone caves, and fossils of brachiopods, bryozoans, trilobites, and corals can be found.
This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.
Numerous meandering canyons on Bleubell (c) Scott Smith
The Bluebell Wilderness Study Area comprises the northern Goshute Range in Elko County. (c) Scott Smith