The United States government owns almost 85% of the total land in Nevada. By far, this is the largest percentage of any state in the nation. There are good points and bad points to this, and it's unlikely everyone will ever agree on land management issues in the west.
Some of this land is leased out to agriculture, some to mining, but huge parts of the state are wide open for exploration and recreation. There are, of course, a few rules you should follow before wandering out into the wild.
Most importantly, please treat your back-country explorations much like you would a cave trip. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Carry sufficient gas, water and food. Services are few and far between and your mobile devices are typically useless. Above all, be realistic about your own skills and comfort level. The solitude of these wide open spaces means you may travel for miles (or days) without seeing another human. Most of us out here think that's an incredible thing... until a vehicle breaks down or a tire blows out. Be careful.
To get a list of topographical maps that cover a particular area, drag the orange map icon to your point of interest then click the "Find Maps" button. You will be able to download your map on the next page. The NSS 75th Anniversary Convention's map database currently contains 64,150 maps from Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California and Arizona. The catalog was last updated on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
The Bureau of Land Management's Sacramento Pass Recreation Area is located in the Blackhorse Mining District near Osceola Mining Town and Weaver Creek. This area was booming in 1906 with hard rock mining for gold. There are ghost town remains north of the recreation site across the highway.
The Osceola Town site is still an active mining community that has unique mining equipment present. A network of signed two-track roads allows hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and OHV enthusiasts a chance to explore some beautiful country and see some historic mining ruins.
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