NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Goshute Canyon Wilderness Area

The Goshute Canyon Wilderness Area lies in the Cherry Creek Range. The 11 mile long wilderness area is a rugged, uplifted range, with massive white limestone cliffs jutting from its slopes. The lower elevations are thickly forested by pinyon pine and juniper, while scattered bristlecone and limber pine occur at the higher elevations. Aspens and cottonwoods in the moist drainages provide for a cool retreat. Large high-elevation basins rimmed by peaks contain pockets of aspen and white fir and are filled with wild flowers in the spring and summer.

Snowmelt and numerous springs provide riparian settings and water sources for a great number of wildlife species including Bonneville cutthroat trout in Goshute Creek, mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, and various birds of prey.

Solitude is easy to find in this wilderness area. Due to its remoteness and steep terrain, it does not recieve much visitation. Additionally, you may find solitude in one of the drainages, just over another rock ledge or tucked into one of the forested slopes.

Located north of the town of McGill, the wilderness area was created by the "White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2006" and is administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Recreational Opportunities

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There are outstanding opportunities for primitive forms of recreation in the Goshute Canyon Wilderness Area. A nearby cave features extensive limestone solution passages that offer excellent opportunities for exploration and geological study. The cave is rich in formations and relatively well preserved although nearly 100 years of visitation has led to some deterioration. Prolific limestone in this area suggests the potential for new cave discoveries.

Other recreational activities include camping, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. If carrying feed for horseback riding, it needs to be certified weed free. Hunting and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws within the wilderness area. Pets are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times.


The Goshute Canyon Wilderness Area is located in the Cherry Creek Mountains in east-central Nevada within White Pine County. It is approximately 50 miles north of Ely, Nevada. A small portion of the Goshute Canyon Wilderness Study Area lies adjacent to the north, in Elko County. Access to the Goshute Canyon Wilderness Area from Ely is via Federal Highway 93 northbound approximately 50 miles; turn west onto State Route 489 towards the town of Cherry Creek. Turn north onto County road 25, this dirt road runs east of the eastern boundary of Goshute Canyon.


Summer temperatures range from 90 degrees in the day to 50 degrees at night. Winter months range from 40 degrees in the day to -10 degrees at night. During wet weather, some access roads may require 4WD.

Additional Information

Please help preserve Nevada's fragile environments. Park your vehicle or set up camp in previously used sites. Minimize impacts by practicing Leave No Trace ethics. Signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary. Mechanized and motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness area.

Camping is permitted, but limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from their previous site. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down material. Live vegetation cannot be cut.

Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.

Contact the Ely Bureau of Land Management Field Office for current weather, road conditions, and hazards.

Topographic Maps

USGS 7.5 Quad Maps:
McDermid Ranch
Paris Creek
Goshute Creek
Exchequer Spring
Cherry Creek Station

USGS 1:100,000 Map: Ely


Elevation: 6,000-10,410 ft
State: Nevada
District: White Pine County
Coordinates (WGS84): 40.022620; -114.863430
Nearest town: McGill, NV
Distance from the convention: ~60 minutes

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