The Imperial Refuge Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the Imperial Refuge Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
The Imperial Refuge Wilderness is open to public use. Please practice Leave No Trace principles during your visit. We welcome the following recreation uses:
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Observation
- Wildlife Photography
In addition, please make note of the prohibited uses listed below.
- Camping and fires are not permitted on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.
- It is illegal to remove, deface, or damage rocks, minerals, semi-precious stones, Native American artifacts, paleontological objects, or objects of antiquity.
- Collecting, possessing, molesting, disturbing, injuring, destroying, removing, or transporting any plant or animal or part thereof (alive or dead) is prohibited, except for legally taken game.
The Imperial Refuge Wilderness contains a number of abandoned mine shafts. Please note that all abandoned mines on the refuge are closed. Mine shafts are highly dangerous. In addition, they provide important habitat for bats and need to be left undisturbed as much as possible.
For additional information about visiting the wilderness areas of Imperial National Wildlife Refuge please contact the Refuge office (928)783-3371.