About the Forest

Image a vicinity map image for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestThe Humboldt-Toiyabe National 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. The Forest does not resemble most other National Forests in that it has numerous fairly large but non-contiguous sections scattered across most of the state of Nevada and a portion of eastern California.

The Forest’s landscapes range from towering snow-capped peaks to wide-open sage steppe. Elevation varies from a low of 4,100 feet to a high of 12,374 feet, providing a great diversity of habitats. The vegetation changes from wide open desert with cactus and scrub to ponderosa pine forests, which in turn give way to spruce and aspen then lodgepole pine and alpine tundra. Wet and dry meadows, as well as numerous water bodies including streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands add to the variety of habitats that support the over 350 wildlife species found on the Forest.


Meet the Forest’s Four Legged Employees

Meet the Stock

Pack animals help with a lot of important work on the Forest, including packing staff and supplies into the wilderness where motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Prescribed Fire, a Management Tool that Benefits Plants, Wildlife, and People

Lighting a Pile

As one part of fire management, prescribed fire is used to alter, maintain, and restore vegetative communities; achieve desired conditions; and protect life, property, and values that would be degraded and /or destroyed by wildfire. Learn more about how prescribed fire is used on the Forest.


This is Who We Are

This is Who We Are

The Forest Service cares for shared natural resources in ways that promote lasting economic, ecological, and social vitality. In doing this, the agency supports nature in sustaining life.

Boots in the Forest

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.


Monthly Forest Newsletter

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

Year In Review

2017 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.