Worthington Mountains Wilderness Area
The Worthington Mountain Range rises like a ship 4,000 rugged feet above dry valleys of central Nevada to almost 9,000 feet. The Worthington Mountains Wilderness Area, northeast of Rachel, encompasses the majority of the range. The severe limestone backbone of the mountain presents a difficult challenge to visitors with heavily dissected canyons, cliffs, knifelike limestone surfaces, and no surface water. Those who perservere will be rewarded by endless vistas, natural arches, ancient forests, and limestone caves, the largest being Leviathan Cave. The Worthington Mountains feature a unique blending of flora and fauna from both the Great Basin and Mohave deserts. Wildlife species inhabiting this wilderness area include mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, kit foxes, coyotes, and raptors, and smaller common mammal and reptile species. The vegetation here includes cholla and other cacti at lower elevations climbing through densly forested slopes to a rocky ridgeline. Forest cover in the mountains vary from juniper and pinyon pine on the slopes while ponderosa, limber, and bristlecone pines cling to the jagged peaks. No other Nevada area expresses the wilderness characteristics of stark beauty, chaotic topography, and remoteness quite as well as the Worthington Mountain Wilderness area.