The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is divided into seven administrative units referred to as “ranger districts.” There are Ranger District offices in Austin, Carson City, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, Tonopah, Wells, and Winnemucca in Nevada and Bridgeport in California. To learn more about each district, please click on the links below. For addresses, office hours, and phone numbers for each district, visit our Offices page.
The role of the Ranger District is to provide on-the-ground management of resources; providing information assistance to forest visitors; promoting environmental education and interpretation; and participating in local activities and events.
The Austin-Tonopah Ranger District is comprised of two districts, which were merged in 2015. There are two offices, one located in Austin, Nevada (pop. 200), and the other in Tonopah, Nevada (pop. 2,478). The District also lies in three Nevada counties: Eureka, Lander, and Nye. Located in central Nevada, the Austin-Tonopah Ranger District is over 2.1 million acres, which is the Forest's largest District, as well as in the lower 48 states. The portion of U.S. Route 50 that was named “The Loneliest Road in America” provides travelers an opportunity to experience the District’s scenic vistas, including views of the Toiyabe Range near Austin and the northern Toquima and Monitor Mountain Ranges between Austin and Eureka, Nevada.
The Bridgeport Ranger District office is located in Bridgeport (pop. 575), California, The District also lies in four counties including Douglas, Lyon, and Mineral in Nevada and Mono in California. The Bridgeport Ranger District is over one million acres in both Nevada (637,654) and California (375,721). The District is known for being a popular recreation spot in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and western Great Basin, since it borders the Yosemite National Park. The District also manages a congressionally designated winter recreation area located near Sonora Pass in California, which offers extreme backcountry snowmobiling with deep snow, big bowls, and steep mountainous terrain.
The Carson Ranger District office is located in Carson City (pop. 54,414), which is Nevada’s capital. The District lies in seven counties including Carson City, Douglas, and Washoe in Nevada and Alpine, Nevada, Lassen, and Sierra Counties in California. The Carson Ranger District encompasses over 400,000 acres in the states of Nevada (135,632) and California (270,260). Lake Tahoe lies just to the west of the district boundary. The District includes 406,292 acres of urban interface area west of Reno, Carson City, Minden and Gardnerville in Nevada and more remote rural areas in eastern California.
The Ely Ranger District office is located in Ely (pop. 3,968), Nevada. The District also lies in Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine Counties. Located on the eastern edge of Nevada, the Ely Ranger District is around one million acres. The District has some of the most rugged backcountry on the Forest. Its nine designated wilderness areas offers a solitude-filled backcountry adventure for those looking to be a self-reliant traveler.
The Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District is comprised of the Mountain City and Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts. One office is located in Wells, Nevada (pop. 1,250), and the other office is in Elko, Nevada (pop. 20,451). The District also lies in Elko and White Pine counties. Located in northeastern Nevada, the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District is over 1.1 million acres. This huge expanse of wild and rugged land is rich in Native American, mining, and ranching history.
The Santa Rosa Ranger District office is located in Winnemucca (pop. 7,788), Nevada, and lies in Humboldt County. Largely undiscovered, the Santa Rosa Ranger District is over 280,000 acres. The District is a local favorite and contributes significantly to the rural economy of northern Nevada.
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) is located in Clark and Nye Counties. It is the urban backyard playground of greater Las Vegas metropolitan area (pop. 2,227,053). The SMNRA is over 300,000 acres and located just northwest of Las Vegas. The SMNRA provides over one million visitors annually an opportunity to escape the desert heat of summer, as well as enjoy the only southern Nevada ski area and winter recreation opportunities within 200 miles.