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High Schells Wilderness

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A forested valley, interspersed with large grassy meadows creeping up the low slopes beyond.
Library image #1855: Aspen and Engelmann spruce near Berry Creek


The United States Congress designated the High Schells Wilderness (map) in 2006 and it now has a total of 121,467 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.

Planning to Visit the High Schells 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 Schells 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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