Aspen groves flourish along Sun Creek in the Jarbidge Wilderness parcels.

The Wilderness Land Trust Permanently Protects Nevada's Jarbidge Wilderness Access

The Wilderness Land Trust Permanently Protects Nevada's Jarbidge Wilderness Access

Mar. 18, 2015

Secures recreation access to alpine peaks and pristine streams


CARBONDALE, CO … Northeastern Nevada's Jarbidge Wilderness has always been wild, long before its official wilderness designation by Congress in 1964.  In 1916, the town of Jarbidge was the site of the last known ‘wild west’ stagecoach robbery in the US.  Before that, the area received its name from the Shoshone word ‘jarbidge’, which was thought to be a weird man-eating giant or monster lurking in the canyons.  Its cultural lore, however, is only second to its wild and untouched landscape.  The Wilderness Land Trust took a major step forward in further conserving this special place by transferring seven private parcels to the US Forest Service this week, for permanent protection as wild land.


The Wilderness Land Trust just added 280-acres of inholding properties to the Jarbidge Wilderness and adjacent forest, preventing new structures, pollution and no-trespassing signs.  Given to the Trust by an anonymous donor in 2013, four parcels are now included in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and three more in the Wilderness, relieving boundary management issues and creating a more unified protected landscape for wildlife and human visitors.  This wilderness gem is a haven for hikers and acquisition of the parcels secured access along a 4WD road up to the wilderness boundary and accesses more than 125 miles of hiking trails into the wilderness.  The trail to Mary’s River Peak, the tallest in the wilderness, crosses directly through the newly transferred wilderness parcels. 


“Our thanks to The Wilderness Land Trust for transferring these beautiful parcels to the Forest Service for all to enjoy and appreciate as part of their National Forest and the Jarbidge Wilderness,” said Bill Dunkelberger, Forest Supervisor.


The Jarbidge area is increasingly popular for people seeking remote cabin sites, and the Wilderness, a pristine Class I Airshed, would undoubtedly be contaminated by development and uses incompatible with the surrounding protected landscape.  The Wilderness features red rock canyons and eight peaks over 10,000 feet. With some of the cleanest air in the west, views can span up to 150 miles.  The alpine areas receive up to seven feet of snow each year, creating an unusually wet desert and high alpine landscape that is home to bears, elk, deer, mountain lions and a variety of plant species. Mary’s River and Sun Creek are fed by snowmelt and attract plenty of hunters and anglers, although you are sure to find solitude in this clean, quiet and remote wilderness.  The Trust works to keep wilderness like this wild, forever unspoiled by lodge construction, road cuts, fence lines or mining.


The National Wilderness Preservation System is a refuge for animals, plants, clean water, clean air and a foundation for 21st century conservation.  It may hold the key to future conservation and the tools for adapting to global climate change.  However, the system is still filled with holes, 180,000 acres of private lands that fracture the whole.  Across the country there are plans to develop mines, retreats, logging operations and resorts deep within wilderness holdings, fragmenting a resource that cannot afford to be lost.  The Trust’s continuing mission to eliminate these pockets of inholdings and create a seamless wilderness system is vital, echoing the spirit and intent of the original Wilderness Act.  The Wilderness Land Trust is the only national organization dedicated solely to buying these lands and adding them to the National Wilderness Preservation System.


The Wilderness Land Trust

The Wilderness Land Trust is a small, highly specialized nonprofit organization established to buy and protect wilderness land.  Since it was founded in 1992, the non-profit organization has preserved 415 parcels comprised of more than 42,000 acres of wilderness inholdings in 91 designated and proposed wilderness areas.  The Wilderness Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization, has offices in California and Colorado.  For more information visit our website


The Wilderness Land Trust is an accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and is supported by individual donors and foundations.  We invite you to visit and learn how you can help keep wilderness wild.         


Contact: Lisa Janeway


Administrative Director          






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Since it was founded in 1992, The Wilderness Land Trust organization has preserved 447 parcels comprised of more than 48,872 acres of wilderness inholdings in 103 designated and proposed wilderness areas. 

(Updated 12/2017)