The United States Congress designated the Government Peak Wilderness (map
) in 2006 and it now has a total of 6,313 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Government Peak Wilderness sits like a ship off the northern "coast" of the Snake Range in eastern Nevada. Vegetation includes mostly desert brush and grass at the lower elevations, with a scattering of pinyon and juniper stands on the upper slopes. Bare rock cliffs jut skyward on the eastern side of the area. Paintbrush is the most common wildflower, along with the blooms of cactus.
Remember that cutting or removing vegetation is not permitted. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down material.
Mule deer, elk and wild horses are known to roam the region, along with the ever present jackrabbits and coyotes. Raptors, such as red tail hawks and golden eagles, may be encountered.
Maps: USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps: Steptoe Government Peak, and Mormon Jack Pass BLM 1:100,000 Maps: Kern Mountains, and Ely