Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest


  • A view in the East Humboldt Range in the Angel Lake area
  • Looking uphill in the Jarbidge Wilderness
  • A fall view in Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains
  • A view in Lee Canyon in Mt. Charleston Wilderness
  • A winter view of the Ruby Mountains
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

With 6.3 million acres, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest stretches all the way across Nevada and into eastern California in the Lake Tahoe area.

John C. Fremont stamped the name "Humboldt" on the land here back in 1845 when he named the Humboldt River and the East Humboldt Mountains after the German naturalist Baron Alexander von Humboldt.

The vegetation on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest varies from wide open desert with cactus and scrub through Ponderosa pine forests into spruce, aspen and larch, then into lodgepole pine and krummholtz.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is included in the ancestral homelands of the Northern Paiute, the Southern Paiute, the Washoe and the Western Shoshone. All of these Native American tribes are descended from the prehistoric peoples that once populated this area from the Sierra Mountains into western Utah, from Death Valley to the Snake River.

There are estimated to be between 80,000 and 100,000 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. These archaeological sites range from sites with prehistoric rock art to 19th century mining towns, trails and wagon roads. There is a place near Ely where evidence has been found that indicates Native American occupation as early as 13,000 years ago, although most artifacts found in the forest date from only about 4,500 years ago.

Wilderness Areas on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

 
A panoramic view of the Ruby Mountains
The Ruby Mountains
 
Small map and photos courtesy of the USDA Forest Service
 

Campgrounds on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Jarbidge Ranger District Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities Fee site # of Sites
1 Pine Creek 6,600' June-October Restrooms - 5
 

Mountain City Ranger District Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities Fees # of Sites
1 Jack Creek 6,500' May-October Toilet - 6
2 Wildhorse Crossing 5,900' Jun-October Toilet $8.00 22
3 Big Bend 6,900' Jun-October Toilet $8.00 17
 

Santa Rosa Ranger District Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities Fees # of Sites
1 Lye Creek 7,400' July-October ToiletWater $10/night
2 family: $12/unit/night
Group: $30/day
Single: 14
Group: 1
 

Ruby Mountains Developed Recreation

Fees for the campgrounds and picnic areas range in price.
Reservations must be made at least 4 days prior to arrival
# Campground Elevation Season Facilities fees # of Sites
1 South Ruby 6,200' May-October ToiletWater.Dumping Station. $12 35
4 Thomas Canyon 7,600' June-October ToiletWater $15/single
$30/double
40
6 Angel Creek 6,800' June-October ToiletWater $12 18
7 Angel Lake 8,500' July-September ToiletWater $14/single
$22/double
37
 

Ely Ranger District Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities fees # of Sites
1 East Creek 6,750' June-September Toilet $8/night 7
2 Bird Creek 7,500' June-September ToiletWater $30/ 1-25 people
$35/ 26-50
$45/ 51-100
$55/ 100+ people
8
3 Timber Creek 8,500' June-October ToiletWater $8/night
Group Sites are reservation only and follow a sliding scale:
$30/ 1-25 people
$35/ 26-50
$45/ 51-100
$55/ 100+ people
6

Group: 6
4 Ward Mountain 7,300' June-September ToiletWater $8/night
Group Sites are reservation only and follow a sliding scale:
$30/ 1-25 people
$35/ 26-50
$45/ 51-100
$55/ 100+ people
17
Group: 5
5 White River 6,450' May-November Toilet $4/night 10
6 Kalamazoo 7,000' June-September     5
7 Currant Creek 6,200' June-September     7
8 Cherry Creek 6,500' June-September     4
 

Austin-Tonopah Ranger Districts Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities
1 Bob Scott 7,200' May-October ToiletWater
2 Big Creek 6,600' May-October Toilet
3 Kingston 6,900' May-October Toilet
4 Columbine 9,000' May-October Toilet
5 North and South Twin 6,400' May-October Toilet
6 Cow Canyon 8,000' May-October Toilet
7 Peavine and Tom's Canyon 7,000' May-October  
8 Peavine 6,700' May-October Toilet
9 Pine Creek 7,600' May-October Toilet
10 Mosquito Creek 7,100' May-October  
11 Barley Creek 7,700' May-October Toilet
12 San Juan Creek 7,600' May-October Toilet
13 Washington Creek 7,200' May-October  
14 Toquima Cave 7,800' May-October Toilet
 

Carson Ranger District Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities fees # of Sites
1 Lookout 6,700' June-September Toilet Single: $6
Group: $25
Extra vehicle: $5
22
2 Mt. Rose 8,900' June-September ToiletWater Single:$15
Extra vehicle: $5
Day Use: $5
24
3 Kit Carson 6,900' June-September ToiletWater Single: $14
Extra vehicle: $5
Day Use: $5
12
4 Snowshoe Springs       CLOSED  
5 Hope Valley 7,300' June-September ToiletWater Single: $14
Extra vehicle: $5
Day Use: $5
20
6 Crystal Springs 6,000' April-October ToiletWater Single: $14
Premium Site: $19*
Extra vehicle: $5
Day Use: $5
22
7 Markleeville 5,500' April-September ToiletWater Single: $14
Extra vehicle: $5
Day Use: $5**
10
8 Silver Creek 6,800' June-September ToiletWater Single: $14
Extra vehicle: $5
Day Use: $5
22
*One premium site available - Power & Septic
**Markleeville day use available Sunday through Thursday only
 
 

Bridgeport Ranger District Camping

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities fees # of Sites
1 Desert Creek 6,300' May-October Toilet - 13
2 Bootleg 6,600' May-September ToiletWater $17; $6/extra vehicle 63
3 Chris Flat 6,600' April-November ToiletWater $17; $6/extra vehicle 15
4 Sonora Bridge 6,800' May-October ToiletWater $15; $6/extra vehicle 23
5 Leavitt Meadows 7,000' April-October ToiletWater $15; $6/extra vehicle 16
6 Obsidian 7,800' June-October Toilet $10; $6 extra vehicle/night 14
7 Buckeye 7,000' May-October ToiletWater $15; $6/extra vehicle 65
8 Honeymoon Flat 7,000' April-October ToiletWater $15; $6/extra vehicle 47
9 Robinson Creek
Amphitheatre used for interpretive programs during the summer months.
7,000' April-October ToiletWater $17; $6/extra vehicle 54
10 Paha 7,000' May-October ToiletWater $17; $6/extra vehicle 22
11 Crags 7,100' May-November ToiletWater Single: $17
Double: $32
Triple: $ 51
Group: $95
$6/extra vehicle
Single: 27
Group: 45
12 Lower Twin Lakes 7,000' May-October ToiletWater $17; $6/extra vehicle 15
13 Green Creek 7,500' May-October ToiletWater Single: $15
Group: Site 1 = $52
Site 2 = $65
Single: 11
Group:
Site 1-25
Site 2-30
14 Trumbull Lake 9,500 June-October ToiletWater Single: $15
Double: $30
Triple: $45
$6.00/extra vehicle
45
 

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Developed Campgrounds

# Campground Elevation Season Facilities fees # of Sites
2 Old Mill - tent camping 8,300' May-October ToiletWater $14 74
3 McWilliams
No accessible sites
8,500' May-October ToiletWater Single: $17
Double: $29
Single: 31
Double: 9
4 Dolomite
No accessible sites
8,500' May-October ToiletWater Single: $17 Single: 31
8 Mahogany Grove 8,000' May-October ToiletWater Group: $140 Sites: 2
75 people max
9 Hill Top 8,400' May-October Water Single: $17
Double: $29
Triple: $42
Single: 31
Double: 3
Triple: 1
11 Fletcher View
$5 electrical hookup charge included in fee
7,000' Year Round ToiletWaterInformation Single: $22
Double: $39
Single: 9
Double: 2
12 Kyle Canyon 6,900' April-October ToiletWaterInformation Single: $17
Double: $29
Single: 19
Double: 6
 

Picnic Areas

Ruby Mountains Picnic Areas

# Picnic Areas Elevation Season Facilities # of Sites
3 Terraces 8,400' July-September ToiletWater 9
5 Power House 6,200' May-October Toilet Single: 5
Group: 1 to 60 people
 

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Picnic Areas

# Picnic Area Elevation Season Facilities fees # of Sites
1 Sawmill 7,600' All Year      
2 Old Mill 8,300' May-October ToiletWater Single: $7
Double: $7
Single: 61
Double: 13
5 Foxtail

(Reservation required for group sites)
8,300' Summer, Winter Toilet Water Single: $7
Site 1: $180
Site 2: $150
Site 3: $150
Single: As parking allows
Site 1: 100 people max
Site 2: 80 people max
Site 3: 80 people max
6 Deer Creek 8,200' May-October ToiletWater None Single: 7
7 Mt. Charleston North 8,200' April-November      
10 Cathedral Rock

(Reservation required for group sites)
7,600' Year Round ToiletWater Single: $7; $6 per extra vehicle
Site A: $140
Site B: $120
Single: 72
Site A: 75 people max
Site B: 60 people max