The United States Congress designated the High Schells Wilderness (map
) in 2006 and it now has a total of 121,462 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Forest Service.
The High Schells Wilderness contains some of the most dramatic scenery in Eastern Nevada. There are many high windswept peaks over 11,500 feet. Deep Glaciated valleys flow from the high peaks which are snowy for much of the year. Many of the valleys contain vast aspen stands and perennial streams. Ancient Bristlecone and large Limber pines are present in the higher elevation forests. Hikers and equestrian enjoy the primitive trails in most valleys and back country skiers explore the area in winter and spring. This Mountain Range supports diverse wildlife and is an important North- South corridor of uninterrupted wild land. The area lies just east of Ely in Eastern Nevada.