The canyon floors and walls are home to quail, chukar and non-game birds. The shaded canyons support mule deer. The buttes and uplands are home to pronghorn antelope.
A small population of bighorn sheep was reintroduced in , after being extinct from the area for 50 years. History The story of High Rock Canyon began 17 million years ago when the volcanic activity of the Columbia River Plateau moved south spreading layer upon layer of dense, black lava across much of northern Nevada. Eight million years later, as the Basin and Range building forces intensified, sections of the lava flows were faulted, tilted, and uplifted to form the high, unstable mountains of the northern Calico Mountains and the North Black Rock Range.
From atop the northern Calico Mountains, a visitor can look out into the orderly tablelands and deep canyons of the High Rock complex or gaze down upon the chaotic debris which collapsed from the mountain, filled Box Canyon, and formed High Rock Lake. Fremont's description of High Rock Canyon- During the last frigid days of , John C.
Fremont led his expedition through a steep walled canyon following a creek he trusted would bring him at last to the Buenaventura River, a fabled watercourse believed to flow from the Rocky Mountains to San Francisco Bay. Fremont did not know that he had entered the Great Basin and the creek he now followed beneath the towering walls of High Rock Canyon would never reach the ocean.
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In a few dozen miles the waters of the creek would sink into sediments and disappear beneath the greatest of Nevadas dry lakes, the Black Rock Playa. During the peak year of , more than 10, wagons passed through the canyon. Before the influx of gold seekers, the canyons were home to humans for at least 10, years and every rock shelter and spring has incdications of this use. Sign up for our e-newsletter.
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