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. Elevations, here, rise from about 6,100 feet to nearly 11,000 feet. 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.
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.