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Dry Valley Rim Wilderness Study Area

Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 76177
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Eagle Lake Field Office
Contact Info: (530) 257-0456
2950 Riverside Drive  Susanville, CA96130
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Area Description

With elevations reaching 6,200 feet, a 17-mile-long, east-facing fault block rising 1,500 feet above the surrounding country forms the central feature of the Dry Valley Rim WSA. From the top of the rim you can experience breathtaking vistas of the desolate Smoke Creek Desert falling away to the east. This unexplored region promises a high potential for the discovery of early man archaeological sites.

Colorful patches of bright green, yellow and orange lichens contrast with the rich browns and blacks of the rimrock. In the spring, spectacular wildflower blooms add brilliant blues, violets and yellows to the riot of color.

Wild horses, burros, and antelope are found throughout the WSA, and the Dry Valley Rim itself provides an outstanding habitat for raptors. The northern 2/3 of the WSA protects valuable strutting grounds for the rapidly-decreasing population of Nevada Sage Grouse. Wildlife viewing is best on the broad western slopes where wintering deer and antelope herds congregate. Bands of wild horses and burros are also common. They graze on the blanket of sagebrush and grass.

Hiking and hunting here. Explore the rugged canyon areas of the northern upland. This fault block rises gradually from the western side of the WSA to the abrupt 500 to 1500 foot face of Dry Valley Rim on the east side.

This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.

Wildlife: Nevada sage grouse, deer, antelope, raptors.

  (c) James Sippel

  (c) James Sippel

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