Current Protection

Wilderness Study Area

Management Agency

US Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management

Year Protected


Total Area

69,650 Acres

The Mount Stirling are was first recognized for its natural resources in December 1907 when it was included with the Sheep Range as part of the Vegas Forest Reserve.  These protections, however, were stripped in 1918 when the area was removed from the Forest Service.  Once again, the natural habitat and wildlife importance of Mount Stirling was reiterated in 1936 when it was included in the original boundaries of the Desert Game Range (today’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge). This protection was removed with the passage of Public Land Order 4079 in 1966. Today this wild land still offers the natural habitat it was recognized for in 1936, which is an important resource rapidly diminishing under the pressure of Southern Nevada growth and development. The Stirling Mountain Wilderness Study Area was first identified and protected in 1980 (for information about the conservation history of Mount Stirling, see the Additional Resources Tab on the left).


The Stirling Mountain complex is the traditional home of the Western Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Chemehuevi Paiute people. Two large petroglyph sites, and remnants of a pine nut milling site provide a glimpse into the deep Native American history of the region.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness commitment to stewardship of wild areas includes working with managing agencies and partner organizations, to assure that areas are regularly monitored, ecological impacts are rehabilitated, and vehicular incursions into wilderness are closed and the damage is restored.


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. Its peaks offer scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys. The Mount Sterling Wilderness lands include much of the northern-most part of the Spring Mountains complex. The additions include the wild contiguous bajada on the north end of the mountains. The entirety of this landscape present limitless opportunities for solitude and unconfined recreation. Dayhiking and backpacking are outstanding in this WSA. Other available opportunities include rock scrambling on the high peaks of the range, nature study, photography, hunting and horseback riding. The area is large enough to offer a variety of loop routes and destinations including Mt. Stirling, Wheeler Peak, and desert explorations across the extensive bajada. The rugged cliffs of the southwest face are highly scenic and offer excellent views of classic basin and range country. Mule deer inhabit the forested portions. Nine springs are located at the base of the range on or near the WSA boundary

Agency Information

Managing Agency: US Forest Service

Local District:  Spring Mountain NRA

Address: 4701 North Torrey Pines Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89130

Phone:(702) 515-5400