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Quinn Canyon Mountain Range

Located hundreds of miles away from any civilization, Quinn Canyon offers the solitude and escape you've been looking for!
Trail Uses
Hiking Horseback riding Cross-country skiing
Nye County, White Pine County
256.70 miles (Network)
Moderate, Difficult
Warm Springs
Permitted on Leash
Wilderness Areas
Grant Range Wilderness Area, Quinn Canyon Wilderness Area, Worthington Mountains Wilderness Area
Wilderness Study Areas
Palisade Mesa Wilderness Study Area, South Reveille Wilderness Study Area, The Wall Wilderness Study Area
Other Activities
UTV/Jeep Driving ATV Riding Dirt Biking Mountain Biking


This rugged and remote area is teaming with wildlife and unique rock outcroppings. Several small creeks and waterfalls are scattered throughout the mountain range. At its highest elevation of around 10,000 ft., the mountains are covered in Pinyons, Junipers, Aspens and Bristlecone pines. Various wildlife included Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, Sparrows and the Ash-throated Flycatcher. Bobcats and mountain lions are also present and active throughout this area.  

Trails climb from basin sagebrush through aspen groves and into high elevation environments. The range contains numerous opportunities for primitive camping, hunting and other outdoor recreation. There are a number of historic mining and sheepherding sites and settlements in these mountains. Go prepared, and feel free to stage and camp out of the nearby Basin and Range National Monument.

Rides in the Quinn Canyon Mountain Range are varied, and can be extended into nearby Basin and Range National Monument for any length of visit. During the fall and winter, road conditions can become slick and muddy, and deep snow and ice are possible. Seasonal creeks can erupt into flash floods during summer downpours making roads unstable and rutted. Remember to check the weather before planning a visit and always recreate responsibly.

This OHV-accessible road system in Nye and Lincoln Counties covers several mountain ranges stretching North to South. This trail system is generally multi-use and caters to OHV, Equestrian, Mountain bike, and Pedestrian activities, so riders should be prepared to meet a variety of trail users on their rides. The numerous trails in the area can take riders through a variety of terrain along existing two-track roads. Most trails in the area are suitable for a full size four-wheel drive vehicle. Expect OHV users to encounter exposed rocky trails, stream crossings, and significant elevation change.

Other Information

Given that a portion of the Quinn Canyon Mountain Range is a designated wilderness area, only hikers and equestrians are allowed with the wilderness boundary. Motorized and mechanized use is only permitted on surrounding non-wilderness trails. Please be respectful of the wilderness boundary and only travel on designated roads and trails for your activity type.  Horses are allowed and only certified weed free hay can be brought in. Currently, USDA Forest Service policy considers E-Bikes to be motorized vehicles, and therefore, are restricted to roads and trails designated for motorized use.

Trails are old forest service roads and  are not maintained. Some may be in very poor condition and become washed out after heavy rain.

Given the remote location of this wilderness area, cell phone service and other amenities may not be available. Always plan for an emergency and let others know of your plan. A satellite phone is highly recommended for emergency use. 

Closest services and amenities are in Ely (3 hr 36 min)  and Tonopah (2 hrs 34 min). 

Trail Manager

For additional information visit the U.S Forest Service website or contact:

US Forest Service - Ely Ranger District Office

US Forest Service - Ely Ranger District Office
825 Avenue E
Ely, Nevada 89301
Phone: (775) 289-3031
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Trailhead Information

Located 120 miles south west of Ely Nevada. Trails are accassable via HWY 6, HWY 375 or HWY 318. Roads may be unmaintained. A 4WD, high-clearance vehicle is recommended. 

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