About Ruby Mountains

Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountain Range is a narrow range 60 miles long and 10 to 12 miles wide, located east of Elko, Nevada. Featuring 10 peaks above 11,000 feet including 11,387-foot Ruby Dome, and more than two dozen alpine lakes, they offer endless outdoor opportunity, especially backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Geologists estimate this ridge emerged about 20 million years ago when the earth's crust was folded and broken several times. Alpine glaciers during the Ice Age vigorously scoured the northern end of the Rubies. Lamoille Canyon, a U shaped canyon in the heart of the Rubies, is known as "Nevada's Yosemite" because of the hanging valleys, towering peaks and year-round snowfields above it. Lake basins and crags mellow into a narrow, grassy ridge south of Furlong Lake running 20 miles to the Overland Lake Basin.

The "Rubies" got their name during the gold rush days in the 1800's. The U.S. Army came to Nevada to help early pioneers find routes to California. Soldiers began panning for gold in the range's streambeds. They found garnets, which they mistook for rubies. But it's no misnomer--with their alpine scenery, abundant wildlife and water, the Rubies are considered the crown jewel of the Great Basin Region. We like to call them home.