Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness
Guide

Introduction

Located in the northwestern corner of Nevada you will find Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness. It consists of nearly 50,000 acres that are made up of a variety of different terrains and landscapes. You will see green grass on the floors of canyons, volcanic uplands, and a lot of cliffs. There are also beautiful flowing willow trees all around the area.

Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and has been for several years. People who visit the area enjoy hiking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, and more. Speaking of wildlife, there are a ton of different animals that roam the land and soar through the sky in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness. You might see great basin rattlesnakes, desert cottontails, chukar, and even wild horses.

If you're looking to take the family on an RV road trip anytime soon, this place is a must-see. If you do, there are a variety of campgrounds in the area. Due to the seclusion of Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness, some campgrounds can be found in Nevada and others are across the California border, making your trip that much more exciting.

RV Rentals in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness

Transportation

Driving

Easily one of the best things about Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness is it's proximity to other states. While it can be found in Nevada, it is not a far drive from California and Oregon. It is around 60 miles southeast of Cedarville, California and about 50 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada.

From Washoe County Road 34, along with High Rock Lake Road, you will be able to easily find the entrance of the wilderness. When accessing it from 34, you will drive through winding, curvy mountainous roads. With that being said, this drive could be a bit difficult for big rigs such as RVs or trailers. It is suggested that if you're driving a high-clearance vehicle you should take High Rock Lake Road specifically.

Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness is located just south of High Rock Canyon Wilderness, hence its name. It is located at over 5,500 feet in elevation, but that varies between deep canyons and soaring peaks. Traveling once you arrive is mostly done on foot or mountain bike. There are specific areas where off-highway vehicles are permitted.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness

Campsites in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness

First-come first-served

Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness

When visiting Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness you'll actually be able to camp there as well. If you are driving an RV, camper van, or pulling a trailer, you'll need to set up camp at least 30 feet from any of the unmaintained dirt roads and at least 300 feet from paved roads.

Camping is allowed for 14 days per month. If you want to stay in the wilderness for a longer period of time, you must move to a campsite that is at least 25 miles from your last location. Occasionally, gathering firewood is allowed but is limited to dead and down pieces of wood.

There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups for RVs. There are no specific campsites, but camping is allowed on a first-come, first-served basis. While staying here you will be able to enjoy a plethora of activities including hunting, hiking, and exploring the wilderness.

BLM Dodge Reservoir Campground

Though it is not the closest campground to Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness, BLM Dodge Reservoir Campground is a great option if you're wanting to stay in California, just past the Nevada border. Here you will find 11 campsites including RV and tent campsites.

You'll be at an elevation of just over 5,700 feet. It is located right off of Dodge Reservoir, allowing you to enjoy water activities during your stay. Camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will not find RV hookups such as electric, sewer, or water. There are also no showers or potable water.

You will, however, have access to vault toilets, canoeing, a boat ramp, fishing, and kayaking. In each of the 11 campsites, there is a fire pit and a picnic table. This is a great place to stay while visiting Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness if you're looking for the relaxation of camping with the opportunity of fun water sports that the whole family will enjoy.

Soldier Meadows Campground

Lastly, when visiting Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness you could stay at Soldier Meadows Campground. There are RV and tent campsites, but hammock camping is allowed as well. Available on a first-come, first-served basis are 15 designated campsites.

Soldier Meadows Campground allows a maximum of eight people per campsite. this campground is open seasonally from May through October. There is a maximum stay of 14 days per 30 days. There are barbecue grills and picnic tables provided at each campsite for your convenience. Unfortunately, there are no fires or pets allowed here.

Staying here you'll be surrounded by towering trees and Soldier Creek. There are toilets available and there are no hookups for RVs. The maximum RV and trailer length for this campground is 45 feet. If you're wanting a true camping experience being nestled under fir trees and the lull of a nearby creek, you'll enjoy staying here while visiting Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness .

Seasonal activities in Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness

In-Season

Rock Climbing

When people think of rock climbing, they may think of an indoor facility with different size rock features bolted on a wall. Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness brings that to the next level. There are several cliffs and canyons around that are ready for you to rock climb.

You'll have to bring all of your own gear and be aware of the sun's schedule to make sure that you are not rock climbing in shade. This is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors and even get a chance to see Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness from a higher perspective.

Hiking

Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. On your visit to Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness, you may want to experience one of the several hiking trails available.

There are a variety of different trails and there is something for everyone, despite your skill level. This is a great way to get in some exercise on vacation. Remember to wear proper hiking boots to have the best experience possible.

Mountain Biking

If you're looking for a thrill and a bit of an adrenaline rush, consider mountain biking in and around Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness. Mountain biking is an intense activity that allows you to see the scenery and landscapes from a unique perspective.

The terrain ranges a bit which makes mountain biking enjoyable for beginners and experts alike. Like any other extreme sport and especially out in the middle of nowhere, make sure you're wearing proper safety gear.

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing

A relaxing off-season activity that the whole family will enjoy is wildlife viewing. There are a plethora of different types of animals you will see while visiting Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness.

There are wild horses, mountain lions, golden eagles, zebra tailed lizards, rattlesnakes, and more. It is important to remember that this is their home and we shouldn't approach them. To increase your chance of seeing one or more of these amazing animals, be sure to pack binoculars in the RV.

Picnicking

There are a few things that are better than enjoying a delicious meal while surrounded by beautiful and natural scenery. On your trip to Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness, be sure to pack a picnic basket. This is a laid-back activity anyone can enjoy.

It is a great way to fuel up for a long hike or a relaxing way to end the day. As part of the No Trace Left Behind Campaign, be sure to clean up all of your trash to help maintain the area.

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in and around Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness. There are a variety of different sized animals that you may hunt while visiting. It is important that you have the proper permits and licenses necessary whether you are visiting or a resident of the area.

Some animals that you might see are mule deer, bighorn sheep, greater sage grouse, and pronghorn antelope. Be sure to clean up your shells or cartridges to help preserve the area.

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