miles from any urban development, encompassing 116,000 acres
adjacent to the Idaho - Nevada border, the Jarbidge Wilderness
Mountains rise over 10,500 feet. This is an environment that has
nurtured everything from the ancient Shoshone Indian
civilization to the turn of the century miners, sheep herders,
cowboys and those hearty enough to venture in and test their
wills to succeed and survive.
It is one of the few places in the United States that is still
considered to have class 1 air quality, meaning pristine air.
The Jarbidge Wilderness possesses a spectacular combination of
heavily timbered areas, high desert open ranges, 500 foot rock
formations and volcanic cut valleys created thousands of years
ago. Emerald Lake, sitting at 9200 feet, is a favorite
attraction for all who come.
The Jarbidge, which
was established as a protected wilderness in 1964 is administered by the
Humboldt National Forest Service. Nevada is one of the largest states in
the union and possesses more mountain ranges than any other state. The
Jarbidge Wilderness is considered one of the least traveled wilderness
areas in the lower forty eight.