Description - Battle Mountain Region encompasses 10.5 million acres of public lands in Esmeralda, Nye, Lander, and Eureka counties. A wide variety of recreation opportunities ranging from primitive to rural settings can be enjoyed on these public lands. Recreation activities include motorcycle and OHV riding, horseback riding, pack trips, mountain bicycling, camping, driving for pleasure, hiking, hunting, rockhounding, photography, rock climbing, nature study, wildlife/wild horse/burro viewing, picnicking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and four wheel driving.
- Scattered within the 10.5 million acre Battle Mountain Region are several recreation areas offering visitor a multitude of opportunities, a sample of these include:
HUNTING and FISHING: Big Game species hunted within the Battle Mountain Planning Areas include mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, desert bighorn sheep, and mountain lion. Game bird species include sage grouse, chukar, Hungarian partridge, morning dove, blue grouse at higher altitudes, and water fowl. Smaller game species such as cottontail rabbit, as well as varmiting are available. Fishing opportunities are available for brook trout, German brown trout, rainbow trout, and Lahontan cutthroat in the Monitor range.
CAMPING and PICNICKING: The Battle Mountain Field Office manages two minimally developed campground sites with picnic tables, fire grates, and toilets.
Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area: A great place to take a walk, let the kids run, have a picnic, spend a few days camping, and look at ancient petroglyphs. Hickison offers long vistas, shade, and an opportunity to think about early Native Americans hunting, drawing on rock, and living in this area. An easy walking self-guided interpretive trail, one-half mile long winds around prehistoric petroglyphs that were created 500 to 1,000 years ago. Historic sites in the area include the trails of John C. Fremont and John Simpson, the Pony Express route, and the Overland Stage route. Nearby hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities are limitless, with pinyon Jays, migratory song birds, rabbits, badgers, mule deer, deer mice, ground squirrels, and an occasional rattlesnake in the area.
Lunar Crater Volcanic Field: In 1973 Lunar Crater was recognized as an outstanding example of the nation's natural heritage and designated as a National Natural Landmark. The Lunar Crater
Volcanic Field is in the southern portion of the Pancake Range in Nye County.
Recreation - Facilities in this vast Bureau of Land Management Region include, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scenic viewing, camping, fishing, picnicking, mountain biking, OHVs, historical sites, hunting and scenic driving.
Climate - Seasonal temperatures vary greatly with the region, from hot summers to cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 90 degrees during the day, with winter daytime temperatures only about 40 degrees.
Battle Mountain Region encompasses 10.5 million acres of public lands in Esmeralda, Nye, Lander, and Eureka counties. The various recreational activities within this area are served by Highways 95, 6, 93, 375 and 376.