Mormon Mountains Wilderness Area
The Mormon Mountains Wilderness area is a land of mountain ranges and canyons that offer colorful geology, majestic wildlife, and amazing cultural sites. This area is a diverse place: from rolling bajadas speckled with cholla and yucca, to intricately carved canyons forested with pinyon pine and juniper. Finally, the area is crowned with jagged mountain peaks topped with stands of old-growth ponderosa pine. The Mormon Mountains Wilderness area provides important habitat for a variety of wildlife. Low elevations provide habitat for desert tortoise, banded Gila monsters, and sidewinders. Higher mountain elevations provide habitat for desert bighorn sheep, bobcats, and cougars. An impressive variety of raptors live in the area like golden eagles, various hawks, prairie falcons, northern harriers, merlin and American kestrels. Throughout this region some of the most amazing prehistoric sites of Nevada exist. Thousands of archaeological and palaeontological sites offer glimpses into the past. The most obvious evidences are sealife fossils, petroglyphs, pictographs, agave roasting pits, prehistoric camp sites, rock shelters, and grinding stones.