The White Rock Range Wilderness is a lightly visited pristine mountain range with gently rolling foothills covered in sagebrush, pinyon pine and juniper, and scattered ponderosa pines. Numerous side canyons and drainages dissect the north-south trending range while a high, windswept plateau covered with aspens and pockets of white fir lies toward the northern end of the area, roamed by a variety of wildlife including elk, mule deer, ferruginous, hawk, eagles, and wild horses. The plateau extends toward the 9,146 foot White Rock Peak, which stands nearly 3,000 feet above the lowest point in the 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 White Rock Range Wilderness.
The White Rock Range is located in eastern Lincoln County on the Nevada-Utah border. The town of Ursine, Nevada is approximately 15 miles to the southwest and Pioche, Nevada is approximately 25 miles further to the southwest.
Access to this Wilderness is east via the Mt. Wilson Scenic Byway from either Pony Springs or Pioche.
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.
Numerous springs along with two high mountain lakes having intermittent water support grassy meadows and lush riparian vegetation important to the elk and mule deer in the area. Colorful volcanic boulders and strangely eroded volcanic ash and columnar peaks jut out over the trees and provide excellent photographic opportunities for visitors. Solitude and primitive recreational opportunities are easy to find in this wilderness area with its varied topography and remoteness.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact Bureau of Land Management Ely District 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.