Description - The Humboldt National Forest is scattered throughout northern and eastern Nevada. From lowlands covered with sagebrush to mountain peaks frosted with snowfields, the Forest is a country of different faces and many moods.
- From lowlands covered with sagebrush to mountain peaks frosted with snowfields, the Humboldt National Forest is an area of different faces and many moods. The contrast of scenery is reflected by the activities pursued by Forest visitors and users.
The Humboldt has many areas of interest. The 10,000 acre Lamoille Canyon Scenic Area is located just 20 miles southeast of Elko. The Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail is in this area. The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway extends 12 miles up Lamoille Canyon. Lesser known backcountry areas, like the Santa Rosa Mountains, offer recreation experiences similar to those in the more heavily visited Ruby Mountains.
Recreation - The Humboldt offers a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the year. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and sightseeing are just a few of the activities one can experience on the Forest.
The Forest has 20 developed camp and picnic grounds. There are nearly 900 miles of trail to explore.
Sparkling streams and pristine lakes provide numerous cold water fishing opportunities. Resident game fish include rainbow, brook cutthroat and Dolly Varden trout.
Helicopter skiing is available in the Ruby Mountains. Snowmobile areas are available on many parts of the Forest. Cross-country skiing has become increasingly popular.
The Forest offers some good hunting as it is home to the largest mule deer herd in the state of Nevada. Upland game includes chukar, sage grouse, blue grouse, and rabbits.
Climate - Climate varies greatly from summer to winter. Daily temperature fluctuations of 50 degrees are not uncommon. Winters are moderate, with heavy snows in the mountains and light snows in the valleys. Precipitation occurs mainly during winter and spring months. Summer temperatures range in the high 90's while winter temperatures seldom go below 0.
This 2.5 million acre National Forest is composed of nine separate divisions. The Forest headquarters office is in Elko, Nevada.