Virtual Guidebook to Northern and Central Nevada
The Ruby Mountains
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, south of Elko, Nevada


Located just south of Elko, the Ruby Mountains may be a surprise to people who think that all of Nevada is desert. High enough for lots of snow, these are spectacular high mountains with alpine meadows, aspen groves, and glacial cirque lakes. Biologicially it is an island of Rocky Mountains species, surrounded by sagebrush desert.

A road follows up Lamoille Canyon to the heart of the range, with trails leading from there into the wilderness along the crest. On the southeast side of the range there is popular Ruby Lake in the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.



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Pleasant Valley is a rapidly growing community at the foot of the Ruby Mountains.

(July 24, 2005)


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In the lower part of Lamoille Canyon, Glacier Overlook gives a preview of the unexpected alpine terrain of the Ruby Mountains.

(July 24, 2005)


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At the junction of Thomas Canyon and Lamoille Canyon, glacially eroded valleys among the 11,000 foot peaks of the Ruby Nountains.

(July 24, 2005)


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The Forest Service have a display here explaining that the high stumps are because beavers were felling small aspen trees in deep snow.

(July 24, 2005)


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A impressively large beaver dam, with and lodge, in the Ruby Mountains of eastern Nevada.

(July 24, 2005)


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A thriving population of beavers have made a series of ponds in Lamoille Canyon.

(July 24, 2005)


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The Ruby Crest trailhead in Lamoille Canyon leads to a network of trail in the alpine environments of the Ruby Mountains.

(July 24, 2005)


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