U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Surprise Field Office|
From beautiful Surprise Valley at the base of the towering Warner Mountains, east into the high dessert valleys and mountains of northwestern Nevada, the Surprise Area Office administers almost 1.5 million acres of Public Land. Most visitors from California take Highway 299, east from U.S. Highway 395, to the ranching community of Cedarville in the Surprise Valley. Another paved highway, Nevada 447, provides access from the Reno area.
The Surprise Valley/Barrel Springs Back Country Byway takes the traveler across lakes, through canyons and valleys and over mountain cliffs. A unique free Byway Tour Guide booklet is available to enhance the driving experience. In the gold rush of 1849, the most used route of the California National Historic Trail crossed this region with High Rock Canyon National Historic Site as one of the most famous locations in the journals of the Emigrant Trail pioneers. The striking view from Fandango Pass is both a Byway and California Trail attraction. In the Nevada portion of the Area, the few improved and many unimproved roads provide a wilderness driving experience. The explorers who stop to enjoy the wildlife or wildflowers, or camp to watch the sunset cast its spell -- can have it all to themselves.
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