Worthington Mountains Wilderness
Guide

Introduction

The unique blend of nature’s beauty, remote wildlands, and chaotic topography makes Worthington Mountains Wilderness a fascinating destination for outdoor lovers and sightseers to enjoy recreational activities, primitive camping, and well-needed solitude. This Bureau of Land Management property located 38 miles northwest of Alamo, in east-central Nevada is home to high-rise mountains (up to 9,000 feet) and other beautiful natural landscapes that make it a Mecca for the outdoor enthusiast.

There are loads of fun opportunities available within the wilderness areas. The natural arches, canyons, and ridges provide good opportunities for nature study and observation. Hiking is a moderate to challenging exercise within the park, depending on your choice of trail. Horseback riding, mountaineering, and rock climbing are also other ways to stay active here. If you feel up to it, you can extend your backcountry adventure to Mt. Irish Wilderness and Big Rocks Wilderness nearby.

There are plenty of spaces for visitors to enjoy primitive camping in this BLM wilderness. No facilities and services are provided, so endeavor to come along with your camping gear and all the resources you’ll need. RV camping opportunities are available nearby at Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

RV Rentals in Worthington Mountains Wilderness

Transportation

Driving

Worthington Mountains Wilderness lies in a remote part of Ely District in Lincoln County, East-Central Nevada. This BLM wilderness is located 38 miles northwest of Alamo, and can be accessed from Hiko, via State Highway 375. The nearest paved highway to Worthington Mountains Wilderness lies 15 miles south of the park, so ensure your journey to the wilderness is in a four-wheel-drive vehicle that can adequately negotiate the dirt roads.

Here at Worthington Mountains Wilderness, just like any other BLM wilderness, the use of motorized vehicles and other mechanical equipment including motorhomes and bicycles is not allowed. Therefore, as you approach the wilderness area, look out for signs and posts that indicate where the wilderness boundaries are. Around these boundaries, parking spaces for vehicles are provided. Navigation within the wilderness is either on foot or on horses. Wheelchairs are allowed within the wilderness.

There are no direct public transport services to this BLM property in Nevada.

For visitors who wish to get RVs and trailers for developed camping opportunities nearby, rental equipment is available at Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Worthington Mountains Wilderness

Campsites in Worthington Mountains Wilderness

Alternate camping

Dave Deacon Campground

Dave Deacon Campground is a public campground located in the southern part of Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area that offers free camping opportunities for travelers and visitors. This campground, also known as Hot Creek Campground, is open year-round and accepts pets. Vehicles up to 30 feet long can be accommodated, and access to the campground is along a few miles of gravel and dirt roads.

There are no numbered campsites in the campground, but camping spots are typically marked by picnic tables, fire grills, and pits, as well as the worn tread on the ground. All the campsites are well-maintained and offer facilities such as dump stations, restrooms, shade structures, and potable water. Recreational activities available include boating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing.

Maximum stay in the campground is eight consecutive days.

Seasonal activities in Worthington Mountains Wilderness

In-Season

Mountaineering

One of the most exciting ways to spend time at Worthington Mountains Wilderness is by going mountaineering and rock climbing. The striking mountains and peaks within and around the wilderness often serve challenging experiences for even skilled climbers. So, campers and visitors always fancy testing themselves to see how far they can go.

The exercise is however deeply rewarding because of the stunning views and scenery that’s available at the top – totally unimaginable from the foot of the mountains.

Sunrise Viewing

Sunrise at Worthington Mountains Wilderness is a fascinating phenomenon, one that always leaves campers amazed. Morning often starts slowly and sullenly as the sun creeps in at a snail’s pace. Thanks to the natural landscapes in the wilderness, campers on the valley floor experience sunrise very differently from those on the mountain ranges.

To the north of the park, the peaks of Quinn Canyon Range gently subside behind the Worthington Mountains, while the Bald Mountain to the south stands out, like a lone sentinel observing the natural phenomenon.

Hiking

Pack your best hiking boots on your visit to Worthington Mountains Wilderness to enjoy all that’s on offer on the Leviathan Cave Trail in this remote wilderness. You should prepare yourself adequately for the adventure by carrying enough water, maps, and possibly GPS units, so you don’t get lost.

The hike along the trail begins at the marked path that switches back through the pinyon-juniper forest. The trail takes hikers up gentle to steep areas that may be scrambled in places. Fall or late spring are the best times for hiking this trail in the wilderness.

Off-Season

Fauna

More often than not, Worthington Mountains Wilderness explorers come in contact with a variety of wildlife that inhabits the park. These animals that call the wilderness home are found in different habitats, some much easier to sight than others. So, if you fancy yourself as a keen observer, you will see mountain lions, deer, bobcats, desert bighorn sheep, and coyotes.

Kit foxes and raptors are other commonly seen wildlife in the park, and so are reptile species and other smaller common mammals.

Flora

As Worthington Mountains Wilderness is home to divergent flora that is characteristic of the Great Basin and Sonoran Desert, nature lovers and flora enthusiasts find diverse plant communities within the wilderness, decorating its corridors and making the scenery absolutely amazing.

Cholla, pinyon-juniper, and cactus are found in the valley and lower elevation areas, while the peaks and ridges that rise up to 9,000 feet in the wilderness are covered by ponderosa pine and bristlecone pine forests.

Sightseeing

The unique blend of nature’s beauty, remote wildlands, and chaotic topography makes Worthington Mountains Wilderness a fascinating destination for outdoor lovers and sightseers to enjoy amazing views. With its gentle-to-steep sloped mountains, valley floors decorated by resplendent flora, heavily dissected maze-like canyons, knifelike limestone surfaces, and precipitous cliffs, this Bureau of Land Management property in Nevada provides endless vistas for visitors that appreciate the wonders of nature. You best not leave your camera behind!

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