Calico Mountains Wilderness

Calico Mountains Wilderness, Nevada
Calico Mountains Wilderness

The Calico Mountains are a typical, north-south trending, Great Basin mountain range in northwestern Nevada. The Calico Mountains Wilderness contains about 64,984 acres in a 17-mile-long, 7-mile-wide chunk in the southern portion of the range. The northern boundary is against the High Rock Lake Wilderness. Elevations range from a low around 3,950' to a high of 8,491' at the summit of Donnelly Peak. The lower reaches of the wilderness carry some saltbrush and greasewood but most of the vegetation in this area is straight-out sagebrush. You'll also find small riparian areas with cottonwood, aspen and willow in some canyons. Area wildlife includes California bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, mountain lion, coyote, sage grouse and kit fox. You may also find a herd of wild horses in the area.

The Calico Mountains got their name from the wildly colorful rock layers and formations that make up the southern portion of the range. The Calico Mountains Wilderness is part of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. The eastern side of the Calico Mountains Wilderness (Petrified Canyon, Mormon Dan Canyon and numerous other side canyons) is accessible via the Soldier Meadows Road about 30 miles northeast of Gerlach.

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Calico Mountains Wilderness, Nevada
The Calico Mountains Wilderness
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Photos of the Calico Mountains Wilderness are courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!
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