Pilot Range

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This article is about the mountain range in Utah and Nevada. For the Pilot Range in the Northeast U.S., see Pilot Range (New Hampshire).
Pilot Range
A photo of Pilot Peak, the highest point in the range
Pilot Peak
Highest point
Peak Pilot Peak
Elevation 10,716 ft (3,266 m)
Coordinates 41°01′16″N 114°04′39″W / 41.021123°N 114.077392°W / 41.021123; -114.077392Coordinates: 41°01′16″N 114°04′39″W / 41.021123°N 114.077392°W / 41.021123; -114.077392
Length 30 mi (48 km) SSW to NNE
Width 4 mi (6.4 km) (variable)
Area 80 sq mi (210 km2) [1]
Pilot Range is located in Nevada
Pilot Range
Country United States
States Utah and Nevada
Borders on east: Pilot Valley Playa
west: Pilot Creek Valley

The Pilot Range is a mountain range straddling the border of Box Elder County, Utah and Elko County, Nevada, United States. Lying 50 miles west of the Great Salt Lake, the range forms part of the north-west border of the Great Salt Lake Desert. The range reaches a maximum elevation of 10,716 feet at the summit of Pilot Peak. Most of the range is public Bureau of Land Management land and thus has no access restrictions. Its principal uses are mining, livestock grazing, and seasonal elk and deer hunting.


The Pilot Range begins about 15 miles (24 km) north of the community of West Wendover, and continues north-northeastwards for approximately 30 miles (48 km). The abandoned railroad town of Lucin, Utah lay two miles north-east.

The range runs SSW to NNE,[2] with various canyons spurring east and west off a prominent ridgeline. It covers an area of about 51,200 acres (20,700 ha).[1] Elevation varies from a base of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) feet to ] to 10,716 foot (3,266 m) Pilot Peak.[3] Other significant summits in the range are Copper Mountain, Bald Eagle Mountain, and Rhyolite Butte.

To the east of the range lie Pilot Valley Playa and its springs; beyond that the Silver Island Mountains, and the north section of Pilot Creek Valley to the west.

Several fresh and salty springs flow from the base of the alluvial fans at the base of the range. The largest is Bettridge Creek, a habitat for the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.[1] Vegetation varies from Engelmann Spruce and Limber Pine in the highest elevations, pinyon pine, mountain mahogany, and juniper in the middle elevations, sagebrush and grass in the south-face slopes and ridge-tops, and rabbitbrush, grass, and greasewood in the lower elevations. The Pilot Range cinquefoil (Potentilla cottamii) is a rare species of plant which can be found in the Pilot Range and a few other ranges nearby.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Pilot Range" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  2. ^ Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, c. 2010, p. 14-15.
  3. ^ Nevada Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 14-15.
  4. ^ Potentilla cottamii. The Nature Conservancy.

External links[edit]

  • "Pilot Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-12-24.