The Becky Peak Wilderness lies at the northern end of the Schell Creek Range in eastern Nevada. Vegetation primarily includes desert brush and grass at the lower elevations and a scattering of pinyon pine and juniper stands on the upland slopes of Becky Peak and surrounding hillsides. Atop Becky Peak itself (9,859 feet), you will encounter bristlecone and limber pine trees. Elevations drop as low as 6,500 feet in this Wilderness.
Wildflowers are abundant in the spring and include yarrow, prickly poppy, prickly pear cactus, larkspur, lupine, paintbrush, and Sego lilies. Pronghorn antelope are frequently seen through the sagebrush lowlands. Other animals that may be spotted on a visit to Becky Peak Wilderness include mule deer, wild horses, lizards and a variety of birds.
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 Becky Peak Wilderness.
The Becky Peak Wilderness is located in northern White Pine County, approximately 50 miles north of Ely, Nevada. Access to this wilderness is from Ely, north on Federal Highway 93 for 40 miles. Turn right onto County Road 18 to access the east side of Becky Peak, or continue on Federal Highway 93 for an additional 10 miles to BLM Road 4149 to access the southwestern edge of the area. For access to the eastern side continue on County Road 18 for 12 miles, bearing left at the fork onto County Road 31. For the next 10 miles you will encounter several roads leading west into the Becky Peak 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.
Recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and hunting. The Becky Peak Wilderness provides opportunities for solitude in the numerous washes extending from the mountain, particularly on the eastern side of the range. Highway 93 is generally in view from the western side of Becky Peak. The forested areas also provide excellent coverage. See area management for regulations.
Contact the BLM, Ely District Office for current 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.