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Government Peak Wilderness

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Introduction

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.

Description

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

Planning to Visit the Government Peak Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Government Peak Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.