Sheldon NWR - Wheeler Spring Dispersed Camping

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The road into the Sheldon NWR - Wheeler Spring Dispersed Camping area is dirt and gavel. The Sheldon National Wildlife Refgue dispersed camping is allowed only in designated dispersed camping areas. Most of these only have minimal amenities except for the campground at Virgin Valley which has a wide range of amenities. You cannot make a reservation for this site but there is usually plenty of space for everyone. This is one of the best places to photography Pronghorn Antelope in a natural habitat.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1931 to protect the imperiled American pronghorn. The Refuge is home to a variety of fish, wildlife, and plants found in this remote corner of the Great Basin.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1931 when the Audubon Society and Boone & Crockett Club purchased over 34,000 acres of the Last Chance Ranch. Later, they designated the land a National Antelope Refuge. In 1936, over 540,000 adjacent acres were set aside as the Charles Sheldon Antelope Range. The two areas were then combined into one National Wildlife Refuge.

A trip to Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge provides visitors the opportunity to disconnect from daily life and enjoy the fresh air, warm pools and hidden treasures of northwest Nevada. Narrow gorges and lush springs lay hidden among the rimrock table lands, and unique historic and natural resources are scattered throughout the rolling hills of sagebrush and mountain mahogany.

Management:
Forest Ranger Department Fish & Wildlife
Information:
Location Information Popup Campers, RVs, Tents Allowed, Trailers
Amenities:
RV Parking, Tent Camping Allowed
Activities:
Hiking Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Wildlife Viewing
Pad Type:
Pad Type

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Dispersed Camping and Boondocking

1. Sheldon NWR – Virgin Valley Campground

Sage Brush Rd
Denio, Nevada 89404
41.85804, -119.00095

Virgin Valley campground is accessible year-round. There you will find pit toilets, drinking water, a warm springs pool and a rustic shower house. All other campgrounds are primitive; none have potable water and only some have pit toilets. Road access to these other camping areas may be impassable seasonally.

2. Sheldon NWR – West Rock Spring

34A
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.896805, -119.365425
Elevation: 6381′

3. Sheldon NWR – North Hell Creek

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.774909, -119.272224
Elevation: 6155′

4. Sheldon NWR – Little Catnip Spring

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.903303, -119.436002
Elevation: 5965′

5. Sheldon NWR – Gooch Spring

Nevada 8A
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.867921, -119.282695
Elevation: 6043′

6. Sheldon NWR – Wheeler Spring

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.608842, -119.347602
Elevation: 688

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Dispersed Camping and Boondocking

7. Sheldon NWR – East Rock Spring

Unnamed Road
Winnemucca, Nevada
GPS: 41.674369, -119.048717
Elevation: 6109′

8. Sheldon NWR – Devaney

Unnamed Road
Winnemucca, Nevada
GPS: 41.696876, -119.167406
Elevation: 5984′

9. Sheldon NWR – Cottonwood Creek

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.592487, -119.304713
Elevation: 6050′

10. Sheldon NWR – Catnip Reservoir

State Route 34A
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.912922, -119.459754
Elevation: 5791′

11. Sheldon NWR – Big Spring Reservoir

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.929005, -119.172702
Elevation: 5515′

12. Sheldon NWR – Bateman Spring

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.607793, -119.245112
Elevation: 6047′

13. Sheldon NWR – Badger

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.649029, -119.30786
Elevation: 6070′

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Dispersed Camping and Boondocking