Shallow caves, many of which show evidence of prehistoric habitation, are common in this Wilderness and it is suspected that many more have yet to be discovered. If you set out to explore this territory, you will be in the northern Snake Range of eastern Nevada, bounded on the east by Snake Valley and on the west by Spring Valley. Stretching north and west of 12,050-foot Mount Moriah is a plateau known as The Table, a unique world of subalpine vegetation lined with bristlecone and limber pine. Mount Moriah rises as high as 6,000 feet above the surrounding Wilderness. Dry pinion-juniper forestland dominates a large part of the lower elevations here.
About 30 miles of generally primitive trails provide access to the area from several primitive trailheads.
Four year-round creeks provide watery homes for Bonneville cutthroat trout, but the heart of the area tends to be dry, requiring you to carry all your water. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep scramble around Mount Moriah, but visitors are few (most come to hunt mule deer or grouse). The rugged topography is at least partially to blame.
About 50 miles of fair to very poor trails give access to the area. Some trailheads on the east side are generally accessible by passenger car along roads that follow Hampton Creek, Hendry's Creek, and Smith Creek. Some of Mount Moriah Wilderness lies on BLM land and is managed by the Ely Field Office. Great Basin National Park lies just to the south.
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 Mt. Moriah Wilderness.
The Mt. Moriah Wilderness is managed by both the BLM and the Forest Service. The Forest Service portion is to the south of the BLM portion. It is located in the Snake Creek Range in eastern Nevada within White Pine County, approximately 30 miles
northeast of Ely, Nevada.
Access to the Mt. Moriah Wilderness from Ely is via Federal Highway 50 east bound, approximately 50 miles. Cross over the border into Utah, and after about a mile turn north toward the small community of Gandy. Once to Gandy (about 27 miles from Highway 50), turn westbound onto BLM Road 4032. In about seven miles you will drop down into Marble Canyon Wash. At the intersection in the wash turn left; this two-track road will take you to the northeastern corner of the BLM portion of the wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.