Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest


Now part of the combined Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Humboldt National Forest was named for German naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt. This 6.3 million-acre Nevada forest covers a diverse terrain ranging from sagebrush-covered rangelands to lofty alpine snowfields. The forest contains nine separate divisions and numerous wilderness areas, including Jarbidge, Mount Moriah, Currant Mountains, Grant Range, Quinn Canyon, Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak, East Humboldt, and Ruby Mountains. Of these, the Ruby Mountains are the most popular. Visitors to the forest will find almost 900 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Its streams offer anglers plenty of opportunities to hook rainbow, brook cutthroat, and Dolly Varden trout, and hunters frequent the forest in season to bag mule deer from Nevada's largest herd. Patient wildlife watchers will be rewarded with glimpses of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, and golden eagles. Winter sports opportunities include snowmobiling and helicopter skiing. The forest's 10,000-acre Lamoille Canyon Scenic Area, 20 miles southeast of Elko, provides views of alpine lakes, towering peaks, and deep canyons. It is accessible via the 12-mile-long Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway, which also leads to the trailhead for the 40-mile-long Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail. Western history buffs may brave the backroads to the gold mining town of Jarbidge, where a number of year-round residents keep the frontier flavor of the place alive. The forest maintains 20 developed picnic areas and campgrounds, although there are no hookups available. Campgrounds are open from mid-May to mid-October depending on the weather.


1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431


40.81345100, -115.00627000
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(775) 331-6444

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