Current Protection

Designated Wilderness

Management Agency

U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management

Year Protected

1989 (2006)

Total Area

88,790 Acres

Mount Moriah was initially designated with the passage of the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989 (82,000 acres). The White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006 added lands from the adjacent National Forest and BLM managed lands to increase the Wilderness to 89,790 acres. Friends of Nevada Wilderness was formally established in 1984 to advocate for protection of Wilderness in Nevada, including Mount Moriah, and continues to advocate for protecting qualified Wilderness through supporting legislation like the 2006 White Pine Bill. Mount Moriah is the traditional homeland of the Newe (Western Shoshone) and Goshute peoples.

Mount Moriah, with an elevation of 12,070 feet, is the high point of the Wilderness. This Wilderness lies just north Great Basin National Park in the North Snake Range. The Table, about 1,000 feet below the peak, is a unique high elevation plateau covered with subalpine vegetation with small clusters bristlecone pine, Douglas fir, and limber pine stands along its edge. The area features well-developed trails, unlimited opportunities for off-trail exploration, Wilderness camping, and numerous caves.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness commitment to stewardship of the Mount Moriah Wilderness area includes working with managing agencies and partner organizations, to assure that trails are maintained, the area is regularly monitored and mapped, ecological impacts are rehabilitated, and vehicular incursions into wilderness are closed and the damage is restored. Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated keep the sublime beauty of the Mount Moriah Wilderness protected and accessible for future generations.


Agency Information

Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management

Local District: Ely USFS Ranger District/Ely BLM Field Office

Address: 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301/825 Avenue East, Ely, NV 89301

Phone: (775) 289-1800/(775) 289-3031