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Otay Mountain Wilderness

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The Otay Mountain 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 Otay Mountain Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Mechanized or motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in wilderness (this does not include those operated by Border Patrol). Signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary; however, the boundary is set back 30 feet from unmaintained dirt roads and 300 feet on paved roads.

Hunting, fishing, and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws. Pet are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times. Horses are permitted, however you may be required to carry feed. Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.

Camping is permitted, but limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site. Help BLM preserve California's fragile deserts. Please park your vehicle or set up camp in previously disturbed sites. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Do not cut live vegetation. The BLM encourages all desert recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but through the west, to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.




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