Near West Wendover in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Can Anything Survive Here?
This area wasn't always a desert. Limber pine trees covered the Leppy Hills to the east from 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. As the climate became drier, pinyon pine and juniper trees replaced the limber pines at the lower elevations. Pinyon pines are relative newcomers to the surrounding mountains. They didn't arrive until about 7,000 years ago. Today, limber pine and subalpine fir grow only at the higher, cooler and wetter elevations on Pilot Peak and nearby mountain ranges. Animals you might encounter in these forested areas include bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk and mountain lion.
In the fall thousands of raptors (birds of prey) migrate south along this valley. The Great Salt Lake Desert's lack of food, water and lifting air currents form a migration barrier for these birds. Food, water and roosting sites are easy to find in the Toano and Goshute Ranges. Air rising over these mountains to the west provides the lift
Location. 40° 50.711′ N, 114° 12.491′ W. Marker is near West Wendover, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is on Pilot Road 0.2 miles from Interstate 80, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Pilot Rod is accessed from Exit 398 of I-80. Marker is in this post office area: West Wendover NV 89883, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tough Traveling in the Desert (here, next to this marker); Where Did the Lake Go? (here, next to this marker); Pilot Peak (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hastings Cutoff (approx. 10.1 miles away); Wendover Will Reclaims Skyline Once Again (approx. 10.1 miles away); 509th Composite Group – First Atomic Bombardment (approx. 10.9 miles away); Control Tower (approx. 12.1 miles away in Utah); Bomb Squadron Hangar (approx. 12.1 miles away in Utah). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Wendover.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 250 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on August 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.