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On this day in 2000, President Bill Clinton created Nevada’s Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area and added 10 wilderness areas to the National Wilderness System.

The Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area – a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands – is a protected set of lands surrounded by wilderness areas. These areas are protected for their historical significance, scenic beauty and fragile ecosystems. This area is what adventure seekers wish for. Known for its solitude and primitive lands, people come from all over the world to experience the Black Rock Desert. You can follow the wagon trails that emigrants used to cross over to California,  camp-out and not see another person, soak in natural hot springs or enjoy the playa (an ancient dried lake bed) where the curvature of the earth is readily apparent.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM