Lahontan Cutthroat Natural Area

The Lahontan Cutthroat Tout Natural Area Instant Study Area (12,316 acres) straddles the north end of the Black Rock Range. It is an outstandingly beautiful area with its running water, large stands of quaking aspen, willow and mahogany trees, lush meadows, colorful rock formations and good populations of wildlife. The northern extremities of the Black Rock Desert lie to the east and west. Elevations range from 6,120 feet to 8,799 feet.

The Natural Area was established in 1973 to ensure the preservation of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, a threatened species of fish, in its natural habitat and to maximize available spawning areas. Natural features of the area consists of scattered stands of aspen and mountain mahogany, mountains and creeks. To protect the threatened trout, fishing is prohibited. Clear, pristine streams make it possible to observe and photograph the fish.

Please follow the regulations and practice Leave No Trace / TreadLightly! principles when visiting to protect the unique natural and experiential qualities of this special area.

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are allowed on designated routes only. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.

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Geographic Coordinates

41.51936, -118.959042


Please contact the agency for directions and current road closures.