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Mount Grafton Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Mount Grafton Wilderness (map) in 2006 and it now has a total of 78,754 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


The Mount Grafton Wilderness is large and extremely rugged with numerous rock outcrops, crags, and peaks scattered throughout the high country. The broad slopes of the mountain are host to extensive stands of quaking aspen and mountain mahogany as well as conifer species including white fir, limber, and bristlecone pine.

Remember that cutting or removing vegetation is not permitted. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down material.

Streams provide adequate water for monkey flower, wild rose and primrose. Other flowers in the area include blue flax, cacti, arrow leaf balsam root and milk vetch.

Several creeks rush down from the higher elevations through large aspen groves. North Creek, a designated Scenic Area has a large riparian area and supports one of the few fisheries located entirely on BLM administered lands within the Ely district. The Mount Grafton Wilderness is known for its outstanding populations of elk and mule deer. Also in the area are pronghorn antelope and there is potential for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

Maps: USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps: Bullwhack

Planning to Visit the Mount Grafton 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 Mount Grafton 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.