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High Rock Canyon Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the High Rock Canyon Wilderness (map) in 2000 and it now has a total of 46,465 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The High Rock Canyon Wilderness is bordered by the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness to the north and the Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness to the south.


The Wilderness consists of a large area of broad volcanic uplands dissected by the deeply cut drainages of High Rock, Yellow Rock, Grassy, and Mahogany Canyons. Elevations in the Wilderness range from 4,900 to 5,800 feet. The main vegetation type is sagebrush, with willows and small stands of chokecherry occurring in the canyons. The canyons are relatively well watered and support meadow complexes and other riparian vegetation. Wildlife in the area includes California bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, coyotes, and sagegrouse. The canyons also provide outstanding habitat for nesting raptors. The Applegate-Lassen Emigrant Trail is located in High Rock Canyon which forms the eastern boundary for the area.

Planning to Visit the High Rock Canyon 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 High Rock Canyon 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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