Services, Getting There
Services: Fallon is 45 miles to the southwest; Lovelock is 25 miles to the northwest.
Hikes & Trails
Benchmark Gazetteer, page 48.
Wilderness Area Status
Wilderness Study Area
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
The Stillwater Range Wilderness Study Area includes roughly the central third of the Stillwater Mountain Range. Elevations range from 3,400 feet in Dixie Valley to 7,615 feet at the summit of Eagle Peak. The best scenic values are found in Hare and Mississippi canyons, with their colorful geologic formations and rugged terrain. The land is somewhat rolling, with no discernible timber line. Water is scarce and generally found only at a few springs. There are no perennial streams. The fault scarp on the east side is a result of the 1954 Dixie Valley earthquake. In places, the earth has been displaced vertically up to seven feet.
A few wooden buildings are still partially standing at the old mine site in upper White Cloud Canyon. Stacks of cut cord wood intended for use in the smelters at Coppereid, outside the WSA, can still be seen in some of the side canyons north of White Cloud Canyon.
Desert bighorn sheep, once native to the range but eliminated through poaching and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep which grazed the area until the 1940s, were successfuly reintroduced into the WSA in 1985.
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