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HaysCanyon13_01_PetersonK.jpgWilderness Area Status:

Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

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State Region: Northwest Nevada

County: Washoe   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management Local District: Surprise Field Office Contact Info: (530) 279-6101 602 Cressler St  Cedarville, CA96104 Visit the website (will open a new window)

Breaking News- April 7, 2023

On April 7, 2023, Senator Rosen released a working draft of the Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act. A portion of this act includes permanent protection for the 146,997-acre Hays Canyon Range National Conservation Area (NCA). Included within the proposed NCA is the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area, and the Hays Canyon and Two Hats inventoried wilderness units.

Area Description

The Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area Additions include the highest portion of the Hays Canyon Range and former private lands, which were purchased to assure and protect the habitat of this remarkable landscape. These additions share many of the resources and features of the Wall Canyon WSA including abundant canyons, buttes and rims plus upland benches and wide valley floors. Elevations range from 4,500 to 7,900 feet. The steep slopes, tall, dense sagebrush, juniper trees, small aspen groves, and and large rocks dominate the landscape.

HaysCanyon13_63_PetersonK.jpgArchaeological surveys of the region reveal a highly complex pre-historic settlement pattern. Temporary camps and hunting-related lithic scatters were found on the benches and slopes above drainages, at rim-edge chipping stations, near canyon rock shelters and at sources of massive obsidian. Petroglyphs can be found within in this unit as well.

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, a majority of this area contains critical and irreplaceable habitat for the greater sage grouse. This region contains some of largest and most productive sage-grouse leks in Nevada. Friends of Nevada Wilderness believes that full wilderness status for this area, and restoration of important lek, nesting and brood-rearing habitat could help stave off a listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act and help the bird's population to recover.

Wildlife: Sage-grouse, pygmy rabbits, mule deer, pronghorn, a variety of raptors, songbirds, and sage-dependent species.


To see more photos and explore this area on Google Earth, visit Panoramio (will open a new window).