The United States Congress designated the Highland Ridge Wilderness (map
) in 2006 and it now has a total of 68,623 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Nevada
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Highland Ridge Wilderness lies at the southern end of the Snake Range, adjacent to Great Basin National Park. This area encompasses varying terrain, from sagebrush covered foothills to steep ridges with sheer rock outcrops. The steep, upland mountains are dotted with pinyon pine and juniper trees or higher up with limber and bristlecone pine. Several riparian corridors stretch through the area, lined with aspen, chokecherry, and currant. Wildflowers bloom during spring with paintbrush and blue flax being the most numerous. Mule deer elk and pronghorn antelope are common throughout the area. The rocky ledges and steep, forested mountains provide great habitat for stalking cougars. Elevations in the area include ridges at 10,000 feet, but also rolling hills of pinyon-juniper and sagebrush woodlands at 6,000 feet.