Forested with pinyon pine and juniper, the hardy hiker can explore the Mt. Irish Wilderness by wandering through canyons and scrambling over limestone cliffs, ranging from 4,800 to 7,504 feet. The white undulating cliffs provide contrast against the darkness of the pines. Numerous rock formations leave open the possibility for undiscovered caves and alcoves. This relatively remote area provides excellent opportunities to escape to a landscape filled with cultural resources.
The mountain range and canyons of the Mt. Irish Wilderness project out into the long sloping bajadas providing important habitat for desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and a variety of bird species.
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. Irish Wilderness.
The Mount Irish Wilderness is located in central Lincoln County approximately 10 miles southwest of Hiko, Nevada. The wilderness lies at the center of the Mount Irish Range in central Lincoln County.
Access to this Wilderness is northwest via county road 426 from Hiko, Nevada. Access to the center of the wilderness can be reached by taking state highways 318 to 375 south approximately 7 miles to an unnamed county road heading northwest into the Mount Irish 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.
Opportunities for recreation in this area include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, photography, nature study, and hunting. The Mount Irish Archaeological Site is on the northern boundary of the wilderness area and the region itself is filled with significant cultural resources.
Safety and Current Conditions
Contact 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.