The Highland Ridge Wilderness now contains a total of 68,627 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Nevada. In 2006 the Highland Ridge Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:ELY BLM FIELD OFFICEHC 33 Box 33500Ely, NV 89301Phone: 775-289-1800Office hours: 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
The Highland Ridge Wilderness is located in southeastern White Pine County approximately 20 miles south of Baker, Nevada; immediately south of Great Basin National Park. Access to the eastern side of the Highland Ridge Wilderness from Baker, Nevada is along state highway 487 to the southeast for 12 miles to USFS road 450. (This road will lead into Utah for several miles.) Turn right onto USFS 450. Continue along this road for approximately 5.5 miles. At this point you may turn left onto BLM road 4090 which heads south along the eastern side, or continue straight to access the northeastern boundary.
Ely District Office 702 North Industrial Way, HC 33 Box 33500 Ely, NV 89301
BLM - Bureau of Land Management