The Desert

Fact Sheet: Milpitas Wash Wilderness
Fact Sheet: Milpitas Wash Wilderness 1024 208 California Wilderness Coalition

Milpitas Wash is near the southern end of the Mule Mountains and the Opal Hill Mine. The landscape is primarily desert mountain foothills as well as wash and floodplain habitats.…

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Fact Sheet: Middle Knob Wilderness
Fact Sheet: Middle Knob Wilderness 1024 456 California Wilderness Coalition

The almost 16,000-acre Middle Knob area is a largely unspoiled landscape in the West Mojave Desert – despite its close proximity to highways and open play areas for off-highway vehicles.…

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Mayan Peak by Linda Castro
Fact Sheet: Mayan Peak Wilderness
Fact Sheet: Mayan Peak Wilderness 1024 574 California Wilderness Coalition

The over 5,000-acre Mayan Peak area is a unique and largely unspoiled desert oasis characterized by spectacular mountains, foothills, and valleys, dense Joshua tree forests, and pinyon pines. The area…

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Fact Sheet: Kingston Range Additions
Fact Sheet: Kingston Range Additions 1024 683 California Wilderness Coalition

The 7,323-foot Kingston Range rises high above three low desert valleys: Mesquite, Shadow, and Silurian. The proposed wilderness additions would extend protection to the lower slopes of the Kingston Range…

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Fact Sheet: Joshua Tree National Park Additions
Fact Sheet: Joshua Tree National Park Additions 960 540 California Wilderness Coalition

These remnant parcels of land are contiguous or immediately adjacent to the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park, making park service management the logical lands policy. The topography of these…

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Peaks above Turnaround Wash from above Vinagre Wash, photo by John Dittli
Fact Sheet: Indian Pass Additions
Fact Sheet: Indian Pass Additions 1024 683 California Wilderness Coalition

Located near the Colorado River, the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge to the east and the Chocolate Mountain Range to the west, the Indian Pass additions and adjacent Buzzard’s Peak wilderness…

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Fact Sheet: Great Falls Basin Wilderness
Fact Sheet: Great Falls Basin Wilderness 1024 399 California Wilderness Coalition

The last thing you think about in a desert place is water, but the lucky visitor can often find a refreshing natural “bathtub” filled with fresh water at the foot…

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Golden Valley photo by Sam Roberts
Fact Sheet: Golden Valley Additions
Fact Sheet: Golden Valley Additions 1024 685 California Wilderness Coalition

These beautiful, rugged mesas reach heights of 4,500 to 5,000 feet. From a distance, the picturesque Black Hills appear “painted” due to black rocks that form streaked lines along the…

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Fact Sheet: El Paso Mountains Wilderness
Fact Sheet: El Paso Mountains Wilderness 1024 456 California Wilderness Coalition

In addition to the El Paso Mountains Wilderness area, BLM manages over 7,000 acres of wilderness-quality lands within the El Paso Mountain range. These wild lands provide important habitat and…

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photo by B. Jones
Fact Sheet: Death Valley National Park Additions
Fact Sheet: Death Valley National Park Additions 1024 336 California Wilderness Coalition

On the extreme southern boundary of Death Valley National Park, there is a narrow strip of land between the Park and Fort Irwin, known as the “Bowling Alley”. This remote…

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