Highland Ridge Wilderness


Looking up a trail in Highland Ridge Wilderness
On a trail in Highland Ridge Wilderness
Highland Ridge Wilderness

The 68,627 acres of Highland Ridge Wilderness are located in the southern part of the Snake Range of White Pine County, against the southern boundary of Great Basin National Park. The countryside here is composed of steep ridge lines that drop to the south into deep drainages that empty into rolling foothills that rise above gently sloping bajadas. Some of these deep drainages have some beautiful riparian areas in them. These are juniper and pinon covered mountains that provide excellent habitat for mountain lion, mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Elevations vary from a low in the sagebrush woodlands around 6,000' to a high on the rocky ridges around 10,000'.

Recreational activities in this area include hunting, camping, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife watching and photography.

Before the designation of Great Basin National Park, a lot of this area was part of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Area.

A typical rock formation in Highland Ridge Wilderness
Beneath a canopy of aspens on a sunny day in Highland Ridge Wilderness
An aerial view of Highland Ridge Wilderness
View of trees and meadows along a hiking trail in Highland Ridge Wilderness
Looking at the Highland Ridge escarpment itself
Through the trees and meadows on a nother hiking trail in Highland Ridge Wilderness
Highland Ridge Wilderness map
Highland Ridge Wilderness area map
Photos and map courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management