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Highland Ridge Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Designated Wilderness Area
Year Designated: 2006

Act or Law: White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2006
Acres: 68627
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, NV89301
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Area Description

Wilderness Values: The Highland Ridge Wilderness encompasses the southern portion of the Snake Range contiguous to the southern boundary of Great Basin National Park. Steep, rocky ridges sloping off to the south and several riparian drainages characterize the area. The topography varies from gently sloping bajadas to rolling foothills to steep ridgelines. This variety of terrain provides excellent habitat for wildlife including mule deer, cougar, Northern Goshawk and several bat species. The pinyon-juniper covered mountains, steep rocky ridges and deep drainages provide visitors with ample opportunities for solitude as well as excellent vistas into adjoining valleys and nearby mountain ranges. Recreational activities include horseback riding, hunting, camping, hiking, photography and nature study.

The wilderness provides excellent opportunities for solitude and primitive and unconfined recreation. It also provides contiguous wildlife habitat and recreation with Great Basin National Park. Highland Ridge Wilderness provides contiguous protection to some of the basin lands that comprise so much of Nevada. Elevations in the area include ridges at 10,000 feet, but also important rolling hills of pinyon-juniper and sagebrush woodlands at 6,000 feet.

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


The Highland Ridge Wilderness helps create unfragmented conservation in eastern Nevada  (c) Pete Dronkers

Fanciful faces may pop out at you unexpectedly from the aspen of the Highland Ridge Wilderness  (c) Pete Dronkers

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