HUMBOLDT NATIONAL FOREST
The Humboldt-Toiyabe's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest forest in the lower 48 states. Located in Nevada and a small portion of Eastern California, the H-T offers year-round recreation of all types.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest encompasses all of Nevada and the far Eastern edge of California. The name "Humboldt" comes from the explorer John C. Freemont. He named the East Humboldt Mountain Range and the Humboldt River after German naturalist Baron Alexander von Humboldt. "Toiyabe" is an ancient Shoshone word meaning "mountain."
The Humboldt-Toiyabe, or H-T, is largest forest in the lower 48 states. To manage the expansive acreage on the H-T there are ten ranger districts throughout the state of Nevada and Northern California:
The Humboldt-Toiyabe is the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states with a total of 18 Wilderness Areas. About 15 percent of the Forest is designated wilderness. The Forest covers over 6 million acres and manages more than 900,000 acres of wilderness.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe Wilderness Areas are as diverse as the Forest itself. The Forest spreads from the eastern Sierra Nevada's in California to the borders of Idaho , Utah and Arizona. The Forest manages wilderness near the urban areas of Reno and Las Vegas, as well as wilderness hundreds of miles from anywhere. Click on an area of the map for more Wilderness information.
Whether you appreciate the heat of the desert or coolness of the mountains, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest provides a place for you to enjoy your camping and/or picnicking experience.
Dispersed camp sites, developed campgrounds and day-use/group-areas enable you to make the most of your experience by allowing you to choose the option that best suits your lifestyle.
Dispersed camping allows you to "get away from it all." Peace, solitude and adventure are some of the advantages to choosing an undeveloped campsite. Since there are no facilities, you must bring your own water, camp at least 100 feet from all water sources and dig a hole at least six inches deep for disposal of human waste. Remember all Forest rules and regulations apply even in dispersed
Developed campgrounds provide designated camping sites and facilities, sometimes with running water. Most developed campgrounds have a campground host who lives on the site during the season and maintains the grounds. Fees are usually collected at these sites and are based on the facilities provided. A percentage of the fees collected are used to maintain and improve these campgrounds.
Day-use/group-areas are usually located in developed campgrounds and are used for picnicking. A use fee is charged to help pay for maintenance.