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Ely District Office
Release Date: 06/24/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842,    
News Release No. NO. 2013-24

BLM Closing Sacramento Pass Recreation Area for Makeover

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District will close the Sacramento Pass Recreation Area to the public beginning Monday, July 8 to improve visitor access and safety. The popular recreation area is located alongside U.S. Highway 6/50, about 45 miles east of Ely.
Improvements to the site include new campsite designs and furnishings, sun shelters and toilet facility, re-graded roadways and a reconstructed fishing pond that will feature an accessible fishing deck. The improved facilities will more closely comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and be designed to be environmentally friendly, where practical.
Alternative campgrounds in the area include:
  • Strawberry Creek Campground, located alongside U.S. Highway 6/50, approximately five miles east of Sacramento Pass
  • Cleve Creek Campground, located on State Route 893, about 35 miles northwest of Sacramento Pass
  • Baker Archaeological Site, just west of Baker, Nev.
  • Great Basin National Park, southwest of Baker, Nev.
Sacramento Pass is one of the district’s highest profile recreation areas because of its location on the highway, which serves as the main travel corridor across central Nevada, and its proximity to Great Basin National Park. The recreation area serves local residents, visitors from southern Nevada, travelers crossing the state and, ever more frequently, park visitors. Recreation area user’s interests range from camping, fishing, hiking and hunting to horseback riding, mountain biking and panning for gold.
The recreation area was initially constructed in 1993 with federal highway funding obtained through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A legacy for Users program. It is being reconstructed through Round 12 of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, or SNPLMA. The reconstruction is expected to cost about $375,000.
For more information, contact Larry Martin, BLM Ely District civil engineering technician, at (775) 289-1800 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 06-24-2013