Services, Getting There
Hikes & Trails
Wilderness Area Status
BLM-inventoried Land with Wilderness Character in the Carson City District Resource Management Plan.
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Rising to a single tall ridge, this area bridges the gap between the Stillwater WSA and the Job Peak WSA. Covered in beautiful forest and extensive sage, the mountains forming this ridge are steep and beautiful. Deep canyons fall off to both the east and west, draining into the Dixie Valley and the Carson Sink respectively. East and West Job Canyons are some of the most scenic, however Lambing, Cox, Poco, IXL, and many others are also large and spectacular. Within these canyons brush is thick and greenery ever-present, while the mountains and ridges dominate the skyline. From the top, views are extensive and expansive in all directions, encompassing much scenic and desolate terrain.
This area is quite scenic and natural. The hillsides rise tall and are controlled by the forces of wind and water. Frequent erosion wears down this terrain, and creates deep canyons throughout the region. Within the canyon bottoms, a lush environment of vegetation takes hold and adds contrast to the surrounding desert. Cottonwoods, wild rose, willows and other water loving plants cluster around these desert oases. The hillsides are covered in sage as well as junipers, pinion pines, and many other shrubs and bushes. In general, the eastern side of this region seems to receive more water, manifest in the form of increased plant life. Many animals also call this region home, occasionally dipping down to the water for a drink. Mule deer, antelope, and other grazing animals are common here. Reptiles, rodents, and many predators also hide out among the vegetation and thrive in this habitat. Both birds of prey, and smaller sage birds can be found as well. Rugged trees and extensive forest creates many roosts, while extensive water and plentiful sage also create prime habitat. The extensive sagebrush and frequent riparian habitat of this region provide excellent habitat for sage grouse. Chukar, a very similar bird, is also quite common here. This is a beautiful and pristine natural area.
This Unit is isolated and remote, part of a vast area of desolate desert lands. Here, dramatic terrain, as well as thick vegetation, and open expanse help to create a feeling of solitude. Deep canyons and rugged landscape provide an environment where many may enter and each one would find deep isolation and outstanding opportunities for solitude. In these lands one gets a sense that nature is in control, and humanity is distant.
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