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Shellback Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Shellback Wilderness (map) in 2006 and it now has a total of 36,151 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Forest Service.


The Shellback Wilderness is in the Northeast White Pine Range. It is a long ridge reaching over 9000 feet. The West side has spring fed basins with aspen stands and linear limestone formations. The West is more arid with Pinion Juniper Forests and some deep rocky canyons. The area is south of highway 50, one hour West of Ely.

Planning to Visit the Shellback 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 Shellback 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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