Description: The Mormon Mountains Wilderness area is a land of mountain ranges and canyons that offer colorful geology, majestic wildlife, and amazing cultural sites. This area is a diverse place: from rolling bajadas speckled with cholla and yucca, to intricately carved canyons forested with pinyon pine and juniper. Finally, the area is crowned with jagged mountain peaks topped with stands of old-growth ponderosa pine. The Mormon Mountains Wilderness area provides important habitat for a variety of wildlife. Low elevations provide habitat for desert tortoise, banded Gila monsters, and sidewinders. Higher mountain elevations provide habitat for desert bighorn sheep, bobcats, and cougars. An impressive variety of raptors live in the area like golden eagles, various hawks, prairie falcons, northern harriers, merlin and American kestrels. Throughout this region some of the most amazing prehistoric sites of Nevada exist. Thousands of archaeological and palaeontological sites offer glimpses into the past. The most obvious evidences are sealife fossils, petroglyphs, pictographs, agave roasting pits, prehistoric camp sites, rock shelters, and grinding stones.
Location: North of Interstate 15, west of Mesquite.
Address: Bureau of Land Management
Ely District Office
702 N. Industrial Way � HC 33 Box 33500
Ely, NV 89301 Phone: 775-289-1800
Carp is located in the lower Meadow Valley Wash 35 miles south of Caliente. Its history is tied in with the Union Pacific Railroad. The post office started under the name of Carpsdale June 29, 1918, but was rescinded. It then officially opened under the name of Cliffdale June 7, 1921 and changing to Carp December 1, 1925. Carp PO remained to serve rural ranches until July 1, 1974; although it was out of business for nearly a year before it was discontinued. Little remains except a railroad siding usually occupied by idling trains awaiting passage of a train traveling in the opposite direction on the busy transcontinental route, and the remains of the watering reservoir
CLIMATE: Hot summer days, mild to raw winter days.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime. COMMENTS: Beautiful drive along Meadow Valley Wash. Very rural and remote, especially approaching from I-15 from the south along dirt roads.
REMAINS: Active railroad siding, abandoned water reservoir.
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