South Reveille Wilderness Study Area

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Wilderness Study Area
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Act or Law:
Acres: 106200
State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Battle Mountain field Office
Contact Info: (775) 635-4000
50 Bastian Road  Battle Mountain, NV89820
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The South Reveille WSA is one of the most remote and wild landscapes in Nevada.  Reveille Peak at 8,910 feet, rises nearly 4,000 feet above the surrounding valleys.  The views from the summit are outstanding. Sunrise and sunsets turn the rock faces into rainbows of pastel colors. The area offers stunning rock formations including large canyons with steep walls, small canyons with the many rock outcrops, spires, and ridges. The abundance of large rock cliffs and outcrops offer a variety of challenges to the climber. Fang Ridge and Reveille Peak provide the most stunning examples of the areas outstanding rock formations. The availability and variety of game species along with the good cover makes this area attractive to hunters. Vegetative cover is pinyon pine/juniper at the upper elevations and northern desert shrub type at the lower elevations. Wildlife sightseeing opportunities include mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyote, redtail hawk, prairie falcon, golden eagles, ravens, mountain loin, wild horses, and numerous other birds and reptiles. One of the most outstanding features of the South Reveille WSA is the extensive, un-roaded alluvial fan system that surrounds the core ridge of the range on three sides.  Nowhere else in this region of Nevada can an alluvial system in such a pristine and natural state be found.  This fan system complements the high elevation rocky core of the unit and together they offer a stunning example of the geological process that create the Basin and Range landscape.