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Black Rock Desert Wilderness

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Recreational Opportunities

While the area is essentially flat, its large size provides for outstanding opportunities for solitude. The Quinn River has been floated during spring runoff through the Wilderness. Floating the river generally requires hiking 7-10 miles with your boat to reach the nearest take-out road.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

The area has a typical climate of the Great Basin; hot summers with temperatures over 100 degrees F and cold winters with temperatures often below 20 degrees F. Sufficient amounts of water should be carried. Because the area has poor cell phone coverage the only reliable form of communication is by satellite phone. Access roads in the area are very rough and visitors should have high clearance four wheel drive vehicles with extra gas and two spare tires.

Safety and Current Conditions

Current conditions for the area can be found by calling the BLM Winnemucca Field Office at 775-623-1500

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