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Ruby Mountains, Lamoille

#47 of 64 in Nature in Nevada
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Ruby Mountains are a mountain range, primarily located within Elko County with a small extension into White Pine County, in Nevada, United States. Most of the range is included within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The range reaches a maximum elevation of 11,387 feet (3,471 m) on the summit of Ruby Dome. To the north is Secret Pass and the East Humboldt Range, and from there the Rubies run south-southwest for about 80 miles (130 km). To the east lies Ruby Valley, and to the west lie Huntington and Lamoille Valleys. The Ruby Mountains are the only range of an introduced bird, the Himalayan snowcock, in North America.

The 'Rubies' were named after the garnets found by early explorers. The central core of the range shows extensive evidence of glaciation during recent ice ages, including U-shaped canyons, moraines, hanging valleys, and steeply carved granite mountains, cliffs, and cirques. All of these features can be seen from 12-mile Lamoille Canyon Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway which traverses Lamoille Canyon, entering the range near the town of Lamoille.

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  • Hiking from the end of Lamoille Canyon up to Liberty Pass is our favorite hike ever. The view of Liberty Lake just pass the pass is stunning. It's hard to believe this is in Nevada! Just a quick...  more »
  • My husband had read about the Ruby Hills in a book by Louis L'Amour years ago. He had always wanted to go see them, so we finally did. Such beautiful mountains! We drove all the way to the trail...  more »
  • Beautiful mountain range, especially in the winter when snow capped. Also love the awesome sense of isolation... far far from any urban population centers, which makes these mountains even more appealing and spectacular.
  • The Rubies are awesome ! You can see all four seasons in true form.

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