The Mount Grafton Wilderness is large and extremely rugged with numerous rock outcrops, crags, and peaks scattered throughout the high country. Elevations, here, rise from about 6,100 feet to nearly 11,000 feet. The broad slopes of the mountain are host to extensive stands of quaking aspen and mountain mahogany as well as conifer species including white fir, limber, and bristlecone pine.
Streams provide adequate water for monkey flower, wild rose and primrose. Other flowers in the area include blue flax, cacti, arrow leaf balsam root and milk vetch.
Several creeks rush down from the higher elevations through large aspen groves. North Creek, a designated Scenic Area has a large riparian area and supports one of the few fisheries located entirely on BLM administered lands within the Ely district. The Mount Grafton Wilderness is known for its outstanding populations of elk and mule deer. Also in the area are pronghorn antelope and there is potential for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
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 Mount Grafton Wilderness.
The Mount Grafton Wilderness is located in the Schell Creek Range in White Pine and Lincoln Counties approximately 30 miles southwest of Ely. Access to the Mount Grafton Wilderness from Ely is from Federal Highway 93 southbound approximately 50 miles. Federal Highway 93, near Geyser Ranch, runs parallel to the east boundary of the wilderness area.
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.