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Weepah Spring Wilderness

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A trail made by water erosion through pine trees
Library image #4282: Evidence of water erosion on reclaimed roadway in ponderosa pine

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Weepah Spring Wilderness (map) in 2004 and it now has a total of 51,305 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Description

The Weepah Spring Wilderness is an excellent unspoiled example of mountain ranges representative of the Great Basin. Rising from 4,600 to 8,605 feet, Weepah Springs Wilderness lacks a single defined ridgeline. The complex geology of the area forms a confused landscape: isolated peaks, maze-like canyons, walls of fossil bearing rocks, natural arches and odd volcanic hoodoos. Add to this the oddity of the largest stand of ponderosa pine in eastern Nevada and 4,000 year old rock art. Although most stands of ponderosa in eastern Nevada are relic stands, this one is unique because active regeneration is obvious. You can enounter young saplings growing next to trees over three feet in diameter. Other common plant types include pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, and prickly pear cactus. Common wildlife includes mountain lions, bobcats, deer, desert bighorn sheep, kit foxes, coyotes and raptors, as well as smaller common mammal and reptile species. Skull Arch, a popular destination, lies on the eastern side of the Wilderness. The White River Narrows Archaeological District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents one of the largest and most well-known petroglyph concentrations in the state.

Planning to Visit the Weepah Spring 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 Weepah Spring 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.



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