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Ibex Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Ibex Wilderness

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Ibex Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 28,822 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Ibex Wilderness is bordered by the Death Valley Wilderness to the west.

Description

A portion of the Ibex Hills and parts of the Dublin Hills and Black Mountains are preserved in this Wilderness. The Ibex Hills form a craggy, north-south divide between the alluvial slopes of Greenwater Valley on the east and the raggedy Black Mountains on the west. From a low of about 3,000 feet, elevations climb to 4,752 feet on the summit of Ibex Peak on the western boundary. Horizontal rock layers in the mountains are highlighted with distinctive bright red, yellow, and black hues.

The ruins of at least a half-dozen old talc mines are scattered forlornly throughout the area, and a non-Wilderness road corridor extends from the southeast to the major mining region. Visitors have spotted desert bighorn sheep frolicking about, and can occasionally draw water from several springs. Death Valley National Park lies to the west and south.

Planning to Visit the Ibex Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Ibex Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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