The Wovoka Wilderness was designated in December 2014. The wilderness is in the Great Basin, in western Nevada. The wilderness is named for Wovoka, a Northern Paiute, known for his visions and prophecies related to the Ghost Dance. The high point in the Wovoka Wilderness is 9,544' atop Bald Mountain. There are no system trails in the wilderness, and water is very scarce. Vegetation and wildlife are classic Great Basin: pinyon, juniper, sagebrush, mule deer, sage grouse. The Wovoka Wilderness rewards exploration and wandering. You'll find expansive views on Bald Mountain, narrow canyons, dry lakebeds, and windswept silence.
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 Wovoka 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.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 - Public law 113-291 (12/19/2014) To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2015 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.