The Weepah Spring Wilderness is an excellent unspoiled example of mountain ranges representative of the Great Basin. Rising from 4,600 to 8,605 feet, Weepah Springs Wilderness lacks a single defined ridgeline. The complex geology of the area forms a confused landscape: isolated peaks, maze-like canyons, walls of fossil bearing rocks, natural arches and odd volcanic hoodoos. Add to this the oddity of the largest stand of ponderosa pine in eastern Nevada and 4,000 year old rock art. Although most stands of ponderosa in eastern Nevada are relic stands, this one is unique because active regeneration is obvious. You can enounter young saplings growing next to trees over three feet in diameter. Other common plant types include pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, and prickly pear cactus. Common wildlife includes mountain lions, bobcats, deer, desert bighorn sheep, kit foxes, coyotes and raptors, as well as smaller common mammal and reptile species. Skull Arch, a popular destination, lies on the eastern side of the Wilderness. The White River Narrows Archaeological District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents one of the largest and most well-known petroglyph concentrations in the state.
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 Weepah Spring Wilderness.
The Weepah Spring Wilderness is located in the Seaman Range of northwestern Lincoln County near the Nye County line. It is approximately 90 miles south of Ely and 35 miles north of Alamo.
Access to this wilderness is north on state highway 318 from Hiko, Nevada approximately 25 miles.
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.
Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 - Public law 108-424 (11/30/2004) To establish wilderness areas, promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for the high quality development in Lincoln County, Nevada, and for other purposes.
A rugged land, the Seaman Range and Timber Mountain consist of individual peaks and a myriad of canyons, crating a maze-like terrain. Hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting and horseback riding are good in this area of forest and eroded volcanic cliffs. Although most stands of ponderosa in eastern Nevada are relict stands, this one is unique in that active regeneration is obvious, where young saplings grow next to trees over 3 feet in diameter.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact Bureau of Land Management Caliente Field Office for current weather, road conditions, and hazards.
Want to Volunteer for Wilderness?
Citizens who volunteer their time to steward our wilderness areas are an essential part of wilderness management. Contact the following groups to inquire about volunteer opportunities.