Achnatherum webberi grows in dry, open flats and on rocky slopes, often with sagebrush, at 1500-2500 m. It grows at scattered locations from Oregon and Idaho to California and Nevada. It differs from A. hymenoides in its cylindrical floret and non-saccate glumes, and from A. pinetorum and A. parishii subsp. parishii in its shorter, deciduous awns. It also has narrower blades than A. parishii subsp. depauperatum.