The Santa Rosa range features breathtaking views, secluded camping, a wide variety of trails of different difficulty. For an enjoyable tour of the mountain along relatively well maintained, well travelled trails, the Buckskin Loop is an excellent choice. There are many pine and aspen groves to break up the impressive rocky, rugged mountain chain. Occasional evidence of human history can be found along the route. The Buckskin loop is a great start for a day of exploring the range. In addition to designated, improved camping in Lye Creek Campground, there is nearby BLM land available for unimproved, free camping.
Lye Creek Campground is located on NF Rd 087, nestled in a grove of aspen trees along Lye Creek, south of the Buckskin loop.
From Winnemucca, Nevada:
- Travel North on U.S. Highway 95 for 60 miles.
- Turn right on Buckskin Canyon Road and continue for 15 miles.
Rules of the Road
Land Manager: United States Forest Service
USFS - Santa Rosa Ranger District
3275 Fountain Way,
Winnemucca, NV 89445.
Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the BLM OHV Website https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/OHV.
Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.
- Register Your Vehicle
- Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Trail Users