Conglomerate Mesa

Fact Sheet: Conglomerate Mesa

This roadless area provides visitors with expansive views of multiple Wilderness Areas, Owens Lake, the glittering Sierra Nevada and into the expanses of Saline Valley and Death Valley National Park.

Conglomerate Mesa provides habitat for a variety of lizards, snakes, and small mammals, including the Mohave Ground Squirrel. Small wildlife supports many predators, including raptors, badgers, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes. Raptors most likely to inhabit the area include Golden Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and various owl species. The area provides habitat for sensitive bat species, including Townsend’s Western Big-eared bat.

Upland areas provide important winter Mule deer habitat and overwintering sites and corridors for Nelson’s Bighorn Sheep. Larger prey species support mountain lion.

This area also features many unique and sensitive plant species, such as Ripley’s Cymopterus and Inyo rock daisy. Conglomerate Mesa lies at the eastern edge of the Mojave Desert and the western edge of the Great Basin, resulting in high plant diversity – including creosote scrub and silver cholla, Joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodlands, and sagebrush meadows ecosystems.

Quick Facts

  • Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management, Ridgecrest Field Office
  • Location: East of the Sierra Nevada Range, southeast of Lone Pine, east of Olancha, and north of Highway 190. Elevations range from 3,800 to 7,100 feet.
  • Recreational Uses: Hiking, backpacking, camping, rock scrambling, hunting, bird watching, star gazing, wildflower viewing, photography
  • Ecological Values: Wildlife habitat and corridor
  • Cultural Values: Traditional pinyon nut gathering location for indigenous peoples, evidenced by lithic materials and ceramic fragments dating to the contact period in the Owens Valley and earlier. It remains an important tribal site for annual pinyon nut harvesting. Unique collection of historic era mining features, particularly associated with early charcoal production for Cerro Gordo and smelters in the Owens Valley. Charcoal pits at Conglomerate Mesa are of national historic significance. Historic Keeler-Death Valley trail, circa late 1800's traverses the north end of the mesa.