The United States Congress designated the South Jackson Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 2000 and it now has a total of 54,536 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The South Jackson Mountains Wilderness is bordered by
the North Jackson Mountains Wilderness
to the north and the Black Rock Desert Wilderness
to the west.
The Wilderness contains the southern portion of the Jackson Mountains. Elevations in the Wilderness range from 3,900 to 8,923 feet on top of King Lear Peak. Sagebrush is the dominant vegetation type, with saltbrush and greasewood occurring at the lower elevations. Several canyons also contain willows, cottonwoods, aspens and other riparian species. Junipers occur in the higher elevations. The area has numerous rock outcrops and deep rugged canyons also dissect the area. Wildlife in the area includes California bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, coyotes, and sagegrouse.