Calico Mountains Wilderness
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Photo of Calico Mountains Wilderness Area

The Wilderness is located in western Humboldt and northern Pershing Counties, approximately 30 miles north of the town of Gerlach. The best access to the Wilderness is located along the Soldier Meadows Road (Humboldt County Road 200) that forms the eastern boundary of the Wilderness.
The Calico Mountains contain many brightly colored, twisted geologic formations. Elevations in the Wilderness range from 3,950 feet to 8,491 feet at Donnelly Peak. The majority of interest in the area is associated with the colors of the southern half of the range, where the bare rocks take on many hues of the rainbow, especially after a rain. These colors are startling and unexpected in an area where the usual grayish green tones of sage and greasewood are expected. The area’s varied topography makes for an easily achieved experience of solitude. Sagebrush is the dominant vegetation type, with saltbush and greasewood occurring at the lower elevations. Several canyons contain cottonwoods, willow and aspen stands. Wildlife that inhabits the area includes mule deer, California bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, chukkar and kit fox.
Recreational Opportunities

Major canyons in the area provide for excellent dayhiking and backpacking opportunities. Hunting for deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and chukar is popular in the area. Rugged dirt routes that form the boundaries of the Wilderness provide excellent four-wheel driving and mountain biking opportunities.

Map Index graphic for Calico Mtns wildernessClick here for a map of the Calico Mountains Wilderness (958 Kb pdf).

Last updated: 05-14-2008