Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Austin Ranger DistrictAdd to my Trip Planner
The sprawling Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest is home to a number of ranger districts. And perhaps the most solitary is the Austin Ranger District, one million acres located adjacent to the segment of U.S. 50 dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America.” The tiny town of Austin, a small community bisected by the loneliest road, is home to the district’s ranger station. Rocky, mountainous terrain characterizes the Austin Ranger District. The region’s mountain chain, which is broken up by long valleys, runs north to south across central Nevada, with its highest point reaching 11,474 feet. The lower-elevation valleys, situated at roughly 5,000 feet, range from lush and fertile fields to stark playas born from evaporated salts and other minerals.
The Austin Ranger District is as rich in points of interest as it is varied terrain. Visitors can explore the old mining towns, including Berlin, Kingston and Austin, relax in the Spencer Hot Springs, view Native American rock art at Toquima Cave and get back to nature at both the Arc Dome and Table Mountain Wilderness Areas. Outdoor enthusiasts will also love exploring this stretch of the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, which is ideal for hikers, campers, wilderness photographers and more. Hunters and wildlife viewers will also find a wealth of fauna in the Austin Ranger District, including deer, antelope, wild horses, elk, desert bighorn sheep and even mountain lions. Area birds include chukar and sage grouse, and several of the region’s mountain streams run with trout.
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