Nevada's Big Rocks Wilderness area encompasses the southern-most portion of the North Pahroc Range. Topography of the area includes steep-sided mountains, high walled canyons, and areas covered with large jumbles of boulders, one of which is known as Mecca by the rock climbing community. These boulder fields are composed mainly of volcanic deposits of welded tufts that have weathered into unusual rock formations. These rock formations were often used as message boards by our ancestors and still exist in high frequency throughout the area today.
Vegetation ranges from desert brush and grasses at lower elevations to pinyon pine and juniper stands at middle and upper elevations. Spring flowers can include prickly pear cactus and cholla. Remember that cutting or removing vegetation is not permitted. Gathering wood for camp fires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down material. Many animals can be seen in this area, however most notable are the raptors.
Recreational opportunities include climbing, bouldering, camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, and horseback riding. Little Boulder Spring hiking trail is two miles long and begins on the east side of the wilderness area. This trail winds its way up to a peak with views of the South Pahroc Range. You will encounter ponderosa pine, and interesting jumbles of boulders along the trail. There are excellent opportunities for solitude in Big Rocks Wilderness area, particularly among the boulder fields, or within one of the canyons leading off of the mountain range.
The Big Rocks Wilderness is in central Lincoln County, NV, north of Federal Highway 93. Access to this wilderness area from Caliente, NV, is via Federal Highway 93 westbound for approximately 30 miles. Turn right onto BLM Road 2201 northbound. The road is distinguished by a turnout. This dirt road runs along the western, northern, and eastern boundary of the Big Rocks Wilderness. It is a maintained road only up to the southern boundary.
Signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals. Obey all posted signs.
Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary.
Pets are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times.
Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony.
Contact Ely or Caliente BLM Offices for current road conditions and hazards.
Elevation: 6,844 ft (highest point)
District: Lincoln County
Coordinates (WGS84): 37.6997237, -114.9533404
Nearest town: Alamo, NV
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A small amount of rhodonite has been found in Nevada. Rhodonite is a pink manganese silicate mineral that is cut into cabochons, beads, small sculptures, and other lapidary projects.
As a manganese inosilicate, (Mn, Fe, Mg, Ca)SiO3, rhodonite is a member of the pyroxenoid group of minerals, crystallizing in the triclinic system. It commonly occurs as cleavable to compact masses with a rose-red color, often tending to brown because of surface oxidation. Pink rhodonite contrasting with black manganese oxides is sometimes used as gemstone material as seen in this specimen from Humboldt County, Nevada.