Mount Irish Wilderness Area
Mount Irish Wilderness area located west of Hiko in eastern Nevada is forested with pinyon pine and juniper, this allows for wandering through canyons and scrambling over limestone cliffs. The white undulating cliffs provide a stark but beautiful contrast to the darkness of the pines. The numerous rock formations leave the possibility open for the discovery of undocumented caves. The relatively remoteness of the area provides excellent opportunities to escape and explore a landscape filled with cultural history. The mountain slopes of the wilderness area extend out into long sloping bajadas providing habitat for desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, and a variety of bird species. The Mount Irish Archaeological Site lies just north of the wilderness area, and is filled with numerous rock art sites and other cultural sites. Also nearby on Mt. Irish itself (outside the wilderness area) are ancient stands of ponderosa pine.