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Description - The Ely Region is located towards central-eastern Nevada and encompasses several interesting recreational facilities, these include: Bristlecone Pines, Ward and the Charcoal Ovens, the Ely Elk Viewing Area and the Great Basin National Park.

Attractions - Scattered within the Ely Ranger District are several recreation areas offering visitor a multitude of opportunities, a sample of these include:

The bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva): This is an amazing tree. Although these trees were known to reach extreme ages. Most authorities consider the bristlecone pine to be the oldest known living thing in the world. Several specimens have been found which approach 5000 years in age. A bristlecone pine six feet tall may contain as many as 900 growth rings. In and around this beautiful area it is possible indulge in recreational activities such as hiking, viewing nature, scenic viewing, nature studies and interpretive trails.

Ward and the Charcoal Ovens: Little remains of the former mining community of Ward which thrived for a little over a decade after 1871. The most interesting remnants of this early White Pine County mining venture are the impressive charcoal ovens situated in southern Steptoe Valley. The Ovens are located about 18 miles south of Ely on the Cave Valley Road, which branches from U.S. 6-50-93 some 7 miles from the traffic light in East Ely. These huge ovens, built about 1876 by a master stone mason, are still in excellent condition.

Ely Elk Viewing Area: Watching elk and other wildlife is a chance encounter given to those who place themselves in a likely location and have a bit of luck. The Ely Elk Viewing Area is a likely place to see the biggest wild animal in Nevada, the Rocky Mountain elk. Luck comes from being here at the right time. The Ely Elk Viewing Area starts 6 miles south of Ely, Nevada, along U.S. Highway 50

Recreation - Facilities in this District include, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scenic viewing, hiking and historical sites.

Climate - The area's climate is typical of northern Nevada's desert country. Rainfall is slight, averaging less than 6 inches annually. Clear, sunny skies are the rule, with summer daytime temperatures peaking near 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Location - The Ely Region is located towards central-eastern Nevada. The recreational areas are supplied by highways 50, 93 and 6.

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Contact Information:
Ely Ranger District, 350 8th Street, P.O. Box 539 , Ely, NV, 89301, Phone: 775-289-3031

Additional Information:
Central Nevada - This area spans the center of Nevada, straddling U.S. Hwy. 50. It is often referred to as Pony Express Territory because U.S. Hwy. 50 parallels the historic Pony Express route.
Humboldt National Forest - The Humboldt National Forest is scattered throughout northern and eastern Nevada. From lowlands covered with sagebrush to mountain peaks frosted with snowfields, this Forest is a country of different faces and many moods.
South-Central Nevada - Often called the "Pioneer Territory", the area contains natural wonders from the Death Valley National Park to the Toiyabe and Monitor mountain ranges. The land is also dotted with the ruins of old mining towns.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Official U.S. Forest Service website


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