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Paradise Peak Wild Horse Territory

The Paradise Peak Wild Horse Territory (WHT) administered by the Austin/Tonopah Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Location/Habitat

The Paradise Peak WHT is located in Nevada approximately 60 miles northwest of Tonopah. The territory consists of 14,700 acres in the southeast portion of the Paradise Mountain Range.

Paradise Peak is the geographic center of the territory. Elevation ranges from 8650 feet at Paradise Peak to 6400 feet near Ford Wells. The area is semi-arid with precipitation estimated at 9 inches per year. The terrain is mountainous.

Vegetation is primarily extensive stands of pinyon pine interspersed with low sagebrush and mountain big sagebrush.

Wildlife include deer and mountain lion.

Livestock grazing is permitted within the territory.

Mining has been active within the territory. Results of past mineral operations have left numerous unreclaimed roads, pits, and trenches. Ore mined in the area include iron, magnesite, and gold.

History

Historic account claims that horses on the south end of the Paradise Range (Paradise Peak WHT) were true mustangs: “true horses that was wild of the mustang breed” (Walter Pierson, retired Forest Service District Ranger). During 1967 to 1971, the Forest Service made an attempt to remove trespass horses from Forest Service land in Central Nevada. The horses in the Paradise Range were not attempted to be removed because they were of the wild horse nature. They numbered 20 to 30 head. They were primarily found around Goldyke and BC Wells, and they wintered in Ione Valley and Gabbs Valley.

For More Information

Contact the Austin Ranger District at 775-964-2671.

US Forest Service, RGE
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mailstop Code: 1103
Washington DC 20250-1103

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