Tunnel Springs Wilderness is a land of steep, mountainous canyons, long ridges and rough drainages located at the head of Beaver Dam Wash. Elevations in this Wilderness range from 5,000 to 6,700 feet. Various kinds of volcanic rocks predominate. Vegetation is mostly pinyon-juniper and sagebrush. The climate is semi-arid, with cold winters and hot summers. Five to seven miles of streams support trout fisheries, unusual in BLM lands in this desert region. Rainbow trout live in the perennial waters of Beaver Dam Wash. Mountain lions and a variety of raptors frequent the area. The birds include: ferruginous hawk, Swainson's hawk, southern spotted owl, long-billed curlew, mountain plover, western snowy plover, western yellow-billed cuckoo, white-faced biis, and Arizona Bell's vireo. Rodents include Merriam's kangaroo rat. Beaver Dam Creek is known to inhabit the Virgin River spinedance, speckled dace, and desert sucker.
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 Tunnel Spring Wilderness.
The Tunnel Spring Wilderness is located in northeastern Lincoln, County, Nevada, along the Nevada-Utah state line.
Access to this Wilderness area is by heading 6 miles north of Caliente, then turing eastward for about 30 miles on to the county road leading to Beaver Dam State Park.
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.
Tunnel Springs Wilderness is contiguous with the Cougar Canyon Wilderness in Utah.
Accessible from the Dixie National Forest Pine Park Campground, the area is too rugged for horseback riding, but good for hiking. Solitude is best among the tributaries and main canyons of the Pine Park-Split Pine Hollow, the tributaries and outcrops in the south rim of Pine Park Canyon, and the lower portion of Sheep Corral Canyon.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact Ely Bureau of Land Management 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.