The United States Congress designated the Coyote Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 18,631 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The fishhook-shaped Coyote Mountains cover about 40 percent of this austere Wilderness, a desertland of low ridges and washes capped by the forbidding Carrizo Badlands to the north. Carrizo Mountain (734 feet) and the striking Painted Gorge lie in a non-Wilderness intrusion that punches in from the eastern boundary.
The entire area falls within the Yuha Desert Recreation Area, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies immediately to the north. You'll find unusual sandstone formations that are estimated to be six million years old, adding a touch of scenic character to the area. On the mountain ridges, you may be privileged to see a barefoot gecko.
What you won't see are any trails in this hot, dry country, though an old track leads up Painted Gorge to the edge of the Wilderness.