Goshute Mountains HawkWatch is a well-known and popular migration site with hundreds of people visiting each fall. Sitting at 9,000 feet in northeastern Nevada, the site not only offers spectacular panoramic views of nearby mountains and the Salt Flats, visitors get incredibly close views of raptors as they migrate through the Intermountain Flyway. HawkWatch International has operated the site since 1980, and it serves as one of the longest running standardized migration monitoring efforts in the West. Annual counts typically range between 10,000-25,000 migrants of up to 18 species, making this one of the largest concentrations in the western U.S. and Canada.
From Wendover, NV, take U.S. Highway Alt. 93 southwest approximately 24 miles to a major dirt road at Ferguson Springs Station. Turn west onto major dirt road and follow it 1.8 miles to the “T”. Make a right at the “T” (follow the wilderness viewing sign) and proceed for 1.3 miles to the top of the hill. Take the left fork and continue on 2 miles to the parking area at the trailhead. Be prepared for the strenuous 2.5 mile hike with a 1,800 foot elevation gain. There is no water source, so make sure to bring plenty of your own water.
We have reservations for 10 people to camp at the top of the mountain on Saturday September 30. Plan on leaving Las Vegas Friday afternoon and returning Sunday.
Our meet-up point is 7:30 am Saturday September 30, 2017 at the Trailhead Parking area. You can choose to stay in Wendover or camp at the Trailhead parking lot on Friday and Saturday night. You can also choose to camp on top of the mountain on Saturday night.
What to Bring
- Bird Field Guide (we have Jerry Liguori’s raptor guide books available at our store)
- Water (plenty of water!)
- Hat and sunscreen
- Dress in layers, as the weather can be variable at this altitude (windshell, base layer, jacket, gloves, etc.)