DATE: January 30, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-24
Spruce Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Project Proposed
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office has received a project
proposal from the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority (ECVA) to develop the Spruce
Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail. Public comment on the proposed project is
The Spruce OHV Trail would be approximately 88 miles long, and would follow existing
graded and two-track routes around the north and east sides of Spruce Mountain. The main
turnoff to the Trail would be located approximately 35 miles south of Wells, off Highway 93.
The route would be passable by most full-sized vehicles, however some portions are quite
narrow and would require a high clearance and short wheel-base vehicle. In addition to the
spectacular scenery, the area also has remnants of the historic mining camp of Sprucemont and
the numerous old mining buildings, as well as the opportunity to view wildlife such as deer, elk,
ECVA initially proposed the project in early 2003 as one of a series of OHV Trails, in
cooperation with the BLM Elko Field Office, U.S. Forest Service-Humboldt/Toiyabe National
Forest, and the communities of Elko, Carlin, and Wells.
The purpose of the project is to provide an opportunity for recreational OHV use. There
is a regional demand for these opportunities with visitors expected from Nevada, Utah, Idaho and
California. Other communities throughout the West are developing similar OHV trails to
encourage tourism. The most notable local example is the Paiute Trail in west central Utah
which covers several hundred miles and links several remote communities together.
If approved, marking the trail would begin in Spring 2004 and the trail would be open by
June 5th, 2004 - National Trails Day. It would take about two years to fully implement the trail
proposal and develop the associated interpretive stops, parking area, and other associated
Written comments should be sent to: Spruce Mountain Trail Project Coordinator, BLM
Elko Field Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada 89801, by the close of business on February
27. 2004. Comments will be used to guide the preparation of the environmental analysis, which
will analyze the proposed action for the potential impacts and address issues and concerns.
Copies of the project proposal are available at the BLM Elko Field Office or on the BLM
Elko Field Office website (http://www.nv.blm.gov/Elko). For questions or more information,
please contact Steve Dondero by phone - (775) 753-0225, by email - firstname.lastname@example.org, or
by mail - 3900 Idaho St., Elko, NV, 89801.