The Big Rocks Wilderness lies to the north of the South Pahroc Range Wilderness and encompasses the southernmost portion of the North Pahroc Range. The topography of the area includes steep-sided mountains, several canyons and a section of large, jumbled boulders known as Mecca by the rock-climbing community. Elevations, here, range from 5,200 to 7,000 feet. Vegetation ranges from desert brush and grass at the lower elevations to pinyon and juniper stands at the middle and upper elevations. Many common desert species can be seen in this area, however the most notable would be the raptors. The area is composed of large boulder fields and varying colored layers of welded tuff that have weathered into unusual rock formations. This area is rich in rock art and primitive campsites.
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 Big Rocks Wilderness.
The Big Rocks Wilderness is located in central Lincoln County approximately 24 miles west of Caliente, Nevada. Access to this wilderness from Caliente is via federal highway 93 westbound approximately 30 miles; turn right onto BLM road 2201 northbound. This dirt road runs along the western, northern, and around to the eastern boundary of the Big Rocks 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.
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.
The topography of the area includes steep-sided mountains, several steep walled canyons, and a section of large jumbled boulders known as Mecca by the rock climbing community. Recreational opportunities include climbing, bouldering, camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and hunting. The entire area provides excellent opportunities for solitude among the boulder field, along the steep ridgeline, or within one of the canyons draining off of the mountain range.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact the BLM 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.