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North Black Rock Range Wilderness, NV

Bureau of Land Management


North Black Rock Range Wilderness (30,648 acres) contains several scenic and interesting land forms. A large escarpment with volcanic tuffs and varied colors bisects the western portion of the wilderness which overlooks the massive landslide which formed Summit Lake. Spectacular views of the lake can be seen from this escarpment, and in the fall there are dramatic splashes of fall colors that can be viewed along the aspens drainages and creek beds.

Historic evidence from the mid 1800s is also evident throughout the aspen stands in the forms of artistic carvings (arborglyphs) left from the days when Basque sheepherders seasonally traversed the region. The aspen drainages contain small streams, waterfalls and mosaic meadows, offering shelter, seclusion for camping, plenty of water for backpacking and forage for horse packing.

Colman and Battle creeks provide important habitat for the federally protected Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. (Lahontan Cutthroat Trout are restricted to catch and release fishing.) Wildlife species are plentiful due to abundant vegetation and water; species which you could encounter include mule deer, antelope, big horn sheep, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, and upland game birds.

Please follow the regulations and practice Leave No Trace / TreadLightly! principles when visiting to protect the unique natural and experiential qualities of this special area.

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are prohibited. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.

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Black Rock Field Office
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca,NV, 89445
Phone: 775-623-1500


The Wilderness is located in western Humboldt County. The best access to the Wilderness is located along the maintained Soldier Meadows Road that forms the western boundary of the Wilderness. Accessing the northern and eastern boundaries requires driving on extremely steep and rough routes. helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
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