Under ConstructionThe Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is divided into seven administrative unites 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.


Austin-Tonopah Ranger District

Austin-Tonopah RD The Austin-Tonopah Ranger District is comprised of the Austin and Tonopah Ranger Districts. One office is located in Austin, Nevada (pop. 192), and the other office is in Tonopah, Nevada (pop. 2,478). Located in central Nevada, the District is over 2.1 million acres, which is the largest district on the Forest. 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.


Bridgeport Ranger District

Bridgeport RDThe Bridgeport Ranger District office is located in Bridgeport (pop. 575), California, which is known for being the jumping off point to popular recreation spots in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and western Great Basin. The District is over one million acres in both Nevada (637,724) and California (375,660). Although the District is known for being a recreation spot, it is also home to ghost towns, mines, Bi-State Sage-Grouse habitat, and the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Carson Ranger District

Carson Ranger DistrictThe Carson Ranger District office is located in Carson City (pop. 54,080), which is Nevada’s capital. The eastern boundary borders Lake Tahoe. The District encompasses over 400,000 acres in the states of Nevada (136,032) and California (270,260). The District includes 330,000 acres of urban interface area west of Reno, Carson City, Minden and Gardnerville in Nevada and more remote rural areas in eastern California.

Ely Ranger District

Ely Ranger DistrictThe Ely Ranger District office is located in Ely (pop. 4,262), Nevada. The District also lies in Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine Counties. Located in eastern Nevada, the District is made up of one million acres and provides for multiple-use opportunities including primitive outdoor recreation, grazing, mining, and large landscape-scale restoration project work.

Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District

Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge RDThe Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District is comprised of the Mountain City and Ruby Mountains-Jabidge Ranger Districts. One office is located in Wells, Nevada (pop. 1,319), and the other office is in Elko, Nevada (pop. 20,074). Located in northeastern Nevada, the District is over 1.1 million acres. In addition to historic mining and ranching, the district supports wildlife, livestock, wild horses and burros, outstanding big game hunting, and dispersed and a wide variety of developed recreation opportunities.     

Santa Rosa Ranger District

Santa Rosa RD The Santa Rosa Ranger District office is located in Winnemucca, Nevada, a town of about 10, 000 residents. Largely undiscovered, the Santa Rosa Ranger District is located in north-central Nevada, encompasses 290,000 acres of mountains and plateaus with elevations ranging from 5,000 to 9,700 feet and includes one wilderness area. It contributes significantly to the rural economy of Northern Nevada in providing the land base for tourism, recreation, camping, hunting, mining, and agricultural pursuits.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Office

Spring Mountains National Recreation AreaThe Spring Mountains NRA is the urban backyard playground of Las Vegas (pop. 2,027,828) and Pahrump (pop. 36,441), and numerous smaller communities. Located just northwest of Las Vegas, the NRA is approximately 317,000 acres and 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.