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Intermountain Region Viewing Area


Map of Copper Basin area.

Lewis' monkeyflower. Lewis' monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii). Photo by Cheri Howell.

wyethia bog. Wyethia bog (Wyethia amplexicaulis). Photo by Cheri Howell.

White Mule's Ears. White Mule's Ears (Wyethia helianthoides). Photo by Joanne Baggs.

Copper Basin

Forest: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

District: Mountain City/Jarbidge Ranger Districts

Description: Copper Basin provides excellent opportunities to visit unique and riparian habitats. The drive along County Road 752 will provide viewing opportunities from sagebrush, riparian areas, forest and some unique ecosystems.

As you drive north along County Road 752, experience the diversity of wildflowers in sagebrush habitats including lupines, paintbrushes, and alliums in the Seventy-six Creek area. The trailhead at Camp Draw is an excellent place to visit an aspen grove and shade-loving flowers in the understory.

Copper Basin Bog was formed from an old beaver dam. This unusual area contains aspen stands, fields of mule’s ear, sagebrush, and diverse riparian zones. This is the one of the few sphagnum locations in Nevada. The riparian areas have bog orchid, Lewis’ monkey-flower, monkshood, and arnica. Copper Basin Bog and the surrounding complex of ponds also provide an opportunity to experience the history and culture of the area.

As you continue north toward the town of Jarbidge, Coon Creek Summit and the surrounding areas provide opportunities to experience the subalpine fir Forest found in the Jarbidge Mountains. Bear Creek meadow in the subalpine fir has a large stand of white mule’s ears, pink elephant heads, and shooting stars.

Best Viewing Times: Flowers are at their peak in June and July.

Safety First: The County and Forest roads are gravel and dirt and may be closed by snow in winter and spring. The road is narrow and steep in places, particularly the section between Charleston and Jarbidge. Please watch for other traffic, animals, and rocks in the road. The speed limit on unpaved Forest Roads is 25 mph. If you are camping, nights can be chilly in the mountains even in summer. Drinking water is available in Jarbidge and Wildhorse.

Directions: From Elko: Take the Mountain City Highway (NV225), 55 miles north of Interstate 80 turn right onto County Road 746 to Charleston Reservoir. Follow this road 21 miles to Charleston Reservoir and turn left onto County Road 748. The road enters the forest 8 miles north of Charleston reservoir and Copper Basin bog is another 10 miles north. The road becomes County Road 752 near the bog and you can continue north to Bear Creek meadows and the town of Jarbidge, about 7 miles.

From Boise: Take ID51, which becomes NV225 at the state line, to the Charleston Reservoir turnoff, about 10 miles south of Wildhorse Reservoir.

From Twin Falls: Follow US93 south to the town Rogerson. Turn right and take Three Creek Road about 55 miles through Three Creeks and Murphy’s Hot Spring. The road becomes County Road 752 at the state line. South of the town of Jarbidge about 1.5 miles the main road turns sharply to the right and winds up out of Jarbidge Canyon into Bear Meadows. A smaller road continues in the canyon bottom to Pine Creek campground. At Bear Creek Summit continue south about 5 miles into Copper Basin.

Ownership and Management: Copper Basin lies on the western edge of the Jarbidge wilderness and the border between Mountain City and Jarbidge Ranger Districts. Copper Basin is a candidate Botanical Area thanks to its diverse and unusual plant species and habitats.

Closest Town: The nearest town is Jarbidge, Nevada, with a gas station and small café. Gas, food and lodging are also available in Wildhorse and Mountain City, Nevada.

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