Mount Moriah Wilderness
Elevation: 6,550 - 12,067 feet
Mount Moriah Wilderness Area is located north of Great Basin National Park in the Snake Range, approximately 60 miles east of Ely, NV.
Take Highway 50 east for approximately 45 miles, turn left at County Road 37 and head north. Access to the wilderness can be gained from the 4-Mile and 8-Mile roads respectively. Continue towards Baker, NV on Highway 50. Cross over the Nevada/Utah border and turn left onto the Gandy Road. Take the Gandy road north until you see signs for Hampton, Hendry’s, Horse and Smith Canyons respectively.
Shallow caves, many of which show evidence of prehistoric habitation, are common in this Wilderness. And those who would know suspect that many more caves have yet to be discovered. If you set out to explore this territory, you will be in the northern Snake Range of eastern Nevada, bounded on the east by Snake Valley and on the west by Spring Valley. Stretching north and west of 12,050-foot Mount Moriah is a plateau known as The Table, a unique world of sub alpine vegetation lined with bristlecone and limber pine. Dry pinyon-juniper forestland dominates a large part of the lower elevations here. Four year-round creeks provide watery homes for Bonneville cutthroat trout, but the heart of the area tends to be dry, requiring you to carry all your water. Rocky Mountain
bighorn sheep scramble around Mount Moriah, but visitors are few (most come to hunt elk, mule deer or grouse). The rugged topography is at least partially to blame.
Signs indicating “Wilderness” and “Closed Road” or “Closed Route” are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary.
Mechanized and motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness area.
Hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed under state and local laws. Pets are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times. Horses are permitted, however you may need to carry feed. Certified Weed Free Feed is required for all stock and pack stock on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.
Camping is permitted and limited to 14 days. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down material. Live vegetation cannot be cut.
Please help preserve Nevada’s fragile environments, park your vehicle or set up camp in previously used sites, minimize impacts by practicing Leave No Trace ethics.
Contact the Ely Ranger District Office for current weather, road conditions, and hazards.
USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps:
Little Horse Canyon
Old Mans Canyon
Ely Ranger District Office