Ward Mountain is a popular location for winter recreation. Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, fat-tire biking, and snowmobiling are all popular activities in the Ely area. Snowmobiles can enjoy the Ice Plant Loop, which begins by taking Ward Mountain Connector road (NF-440) and following it around the north side of Ward Mountain. Be mindful of other trail users when following the OSV route.
Ward Mountain Campground is not open in the winter months, however restrooms at the campground are open, but not maintained during this time. Ward Mountain is about 10 miles outside of Ely, NV which has various lodging, fuel and restaurant options.
From downtown Ely:
- Head west on Highway 6.
- Staging options can be found by turning left at NF-440 or at Ward Mountain Campground.
Rules of the Road
Land Manager: US Forest Service - Ely Ranger District
825 Avenue E
Ely, NV 89301
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has not completed Over-Snow Vehicle Use Travel Management planning for this area. The over-snow vehicle routes and open areas shown on this map are information only and are subject to change. This map implies no right of access across any private lands displayed on this map. Please follow Responsible Recreation guidelines and stay on existing roads and trails.
Be sure to check local riding and weather conditions before recreating, as conditions can change quickly! Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only - be respectful of seasonal wheeled-vehicle closures. Over-snow Vehicles are required to yield to all other users.
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.