White Pine County

White Pine County

At 8,877 square miles, White Pine County is the fifth largest county in north eastern Nevada and borders with the state of Utah. The county boasts clean air and water, dark skies, history and millions of acres of unspoiled public land ready for exploration.

The county is home to the  Great Basin National Park, one of America’s most remote and least visited national parks. It is also contains fourteen federally designated wilderness areas, offering an abundance of terrain available to explore for outdoorsmen and women.

European steelers arrived in the area began farming, ranching, mining exploration, activity generated by the Pony Express Trail which passes through the county.

Ruby Valley, White Pine County, Nevada - Ruby Valley Pony Express Station - photo taken in 1944
Ruby Valley, White Pine County, Nevada – Ruby Valley Pony Express Station – photo taken in 1944

The county was established by the Nevada legislature in 1869 from Lander County  The county is named after the heavy growth of limber pine trees in the area, which were then called white pine.  The first county seat was Hamilton which held the honor from 1869 to 1887, In 1887, a dire in Hamilton caused the county seat to relocated to Ely.

Designated Wilderness Areas

  • Bald Mountain Wilderness (Humboldt NF)
  • Becky Peak Wilderness (BLM)
  • Bristlecone Wilderness (BLM)
  • Currant Mountain Wilderness (Humboldt NF) partly in Nye County, NV
  • Goshute Canyon Wilderness (BLM)
  • Government Peak Wilderness (BLM)
  • High Schells Wilderness (Humboldt NF)
  • Highland Ridge Wilderness (BLM)
  • Mount Grafton Wilderness (BLM) partly in Lincoln County, NV
  • Mount Moriah Wilderness (Humboldt NF / BLM)
  • Red Mountain Wilderness (Humboldt NF) partly in Nye County, NV
  • Shellback Wilderness (Humboldt NF)
  • South Egan Range Wilderness (BLM) partly in Lincoln County, NV; Nye County, NV
  • White Pine Range Wilderness (Humboldt NF)

White Pine County Map

White Pine County 4×4 Trails

Pony Express Riders "Billy" Richardson, Johnny Fry, Charles Cliff, Gus Cliff - Ernest and Elaine Hartnagle (original tintype from the Martin E. Ismert Collection - Kansas City, Missouri) - http://www.historybuff.com/library/refrichardson.html

The Pony Express Trails and Stations In Nevada

The Pony Express operated for a very brief period of time from April 3, 1860, to October 26, 1861. The mail service allowed quick delivery…

White Pine County Points of Interest

Articles published by Destination 4x4 which are tagged as points of interest located in White Pine County, Nevada

Photo of Fort Ruby as it appeared in 1868, when famed western photographer Timothy Sullivan captured this image.

Fort Ruby

Fort Ruby, also known as Camp Ruby is an old U. S. Army post which was built in 1862 during the American Civil War, The post is located in…
Ruby Valley, White Pine County, Nevada - Ruby Valley Pony Express Station - photo taken in 1944

Ruby Valley Station

n was started in 1859 as part of George Chorpenning's mail route. Later the station served the Pony Express and Overland Mail Company line in…
Pony Express Riders "Billy" Richardson, Johnny Fry, Charles Cliff, Gus Cliff - Ernest and Elaine Hartnagle (original tintype from the Martin E. Ismert Collection - Kansas City, Missouri) - http://www.historybuff.com/library/refrichardson.html

The Pony Express Trails and Stations In Nevada

The Pony Express operated for a very brief period of time from April 3, 1860, to October 26, 1861. The mail service allowed quick delivery…

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