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Pahute Peak Wilderness

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Clouds crown the mountaintop, still covered in snow.  The valley and foothills below, however, already show the faint greens of vernal rebirth.
Library image #3001: Big Mountain


The United States Congress designated the Pahute Peak Wilderness (map) in 2000 and it now has a total of 56,890 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Pahute Peak Wilderness is bordered by the Black Rock Desert Wilderness to the east.


The Wilderness contains the central portion of the Black Rock Range. Elevations in the Wilderness range from 4,050 to 8,594 feet on top of Pahute Peak (also known as Big Mountain). Sagebrush is the dominant vegetation type, with saltbush and greasewood occurring at the lower elevations. A stand of aspens, mountain mahogany, and several Limber pines also occur on the north face of Pahute Peak. The southern portion of the Wilderness contains several areas of colored "badland' areas, including one area named Fremont's Castle after the early explorer John C. Fremont who traveled the area in 1843. Wildlife in the area include California bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, coyotes, and sagegrouse.

Planning to Visit the Pahute Peak 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 Pahute Peak 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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