Image: Welcome to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest national forest in the lower 48 states. Located in Nevada and a small portion of eastern California, the Forest offers year-round recreation of all types.


2020 Recreation Information

Visitors to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are encouraged to stay safe while recreating on the Forest by adhering to all local, state and federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as abiding by all fire restrictions. Visitors are also reminded that while Forest offices and visitor centers are still closed, the following online and non-contact services are available until further notice.

Forest Updates

  • On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District will officially reopen the entire Lamoille Canyon Road (Forest Service Road 660) near Elko, Nevada, to motorized traffic.
  • On Friday, Sept. 17, temporarily closed sections of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails, and restricted recreation activities to day use only in California on the Bridgeport and Carson Ranger District expires. Also set to expire is the Caldor Fire Closure on the Carson Ranger District, however a new area closure will go into effect on Sept. 17 for Scotts Lake near Hope Valley, California, to support the Caldor Fire operations and suppression repair. The Tamarack Fire Closure near Markleeville, California, remains in effect. For more information on forest closures, visit:
    • As a reminder, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region ended the closure order affecting national forests in California on Wednesday, Sept. 15. However, the forest-wide closure was extended until midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 22 on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California. For more information, visit:

Forest Closures

Carson Ranger District

Fire Information

For fire information on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest during the 2021 wildfire season, please visit the 2021 Humboldt-Toiyabe Initial Attack webpage at or call 775-434-8201. Wildfire information will also be posted on Facebook at and Twitter at

For up-to-date information on fire restrictions on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, visit or for answers to frequently asked questions regarding fire restrictions. Forest closure information can be found at:

Refer to ( for all things fire related in the State of Nevada including real time fire cameras, the current wildfire map, fire restrictions and closures, fire potential outlooks, prevention tips, and hiring information.

For a list of other fire information resources, visit:


Planning a Trip to the Forest During Fire Season?

When planning an outdoor adventure on the Forest, recreationists should be aware that wildfire and/or smoke, even from fires hundreds of miles away, could affect their trip. It is important to “Know Before You Go” and check the following resources in advance:

  • Weather forecast from the National Weather Service or a favorite phone app to assess heat levels and the risk of thunderstorms, both of which increase fire risk.
  • InciWeb ( for information on all currently burning major fires.
  • Air Quality Index (AQI) at The AQI’s color-coded system provides air quality for cities and zip codes around the country. In addition, the smoke advisories page offers air quality reporting at temporary stations near known fire locations.
  • State fire websites (CalFire/ for all things fire related in the state.
  • Local Ranger District office ( will have the most up-to-date information for the area.

Top Things People Want to Know

G E T   A C T I V E . . . B E   P R E P A R E D . . .
Go Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sit

Visitors are responsible for learning about any restrictions before heading out to enjoy their national forests. Check with the local ranger station concerning fire restrictions involving campfires, smoking, ammunition, etc. as well as other forest conditions.


Maps and Publications

Maps (Under Development)

Visitor Guide

This Visitor Guide provides the information you need to make the most of your Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest experience.

Fact Sheet

The Forest offers a setting of classic Western beauty and is known for its many recreational opportunities, scenic vistas, and wild places where visitors can still find solitude.

Bimonthly Newsletter

Take a look at the Forest’s bimontly e-newsletter, which includes Forest information, news, feature articles, colorful photos, and much more!

Year In Review

The Forest would like to take this opportunity to share highlights of our accomplishments. We are proud to be entrusted to care for this land and serve the American people.

Boots In the Forest

Through a series of articles, the Forest is recognizing employees for the important work they do and highlighting a variety of U.S. Forest Service careers.

Recent News


Partners Test Innovative Reforestation Method on the Carson Ranger

The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest partnered with the Sugar Pine Foundation along with Flying Forests and the Desert Research Institute to use drone technology to restore a portion of the forest burned by the Loyalton Fire in August of 2020. The Fire burned more than 47 thousand acres across the Tahoe and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. The 25-acre trial area being reseeded is in Dog Valley, west of Reno, Nevada.


Interested in a job with the U.S. Forest Service?

Employment at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Forest Service careers provide exciting and challenging opportunities to be involved in the management and protection more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands.

Interactive Prescribed Fire ArcGIS StoryMap

Lighting a Pile

View an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap that is dedicated to all things prescribed fire! 


Forest Tribal Relations

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Tribes Map

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest recognizes and celebrates the sovereignty of over 26 federally recognized Tribes with ancestral ties to this region.

Range Program

Landscape on the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District

The Forest concentrates it efforts on managing the vegetation resources across the range landscape to serve a multitude of resource needs.

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