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South Nopah Range Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the South Nopah Range Wilderness

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the South Nopah Range Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 17,059 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The South Nopah Range Wilderness is bordered by the Nopah Range Wilderness to the north.

Description

Easily rolling alluvial slopes (bajadas) from the east and west sweep gently up to the south end of the rugged folds of the Nopah Mountain Range in the South Nopah Range Wilderness. Shaded with soft colors, the Nopah Range is composed of sedimentary rocks capped at about 4,200 feet. The California Valley extends into the eastern Wilderness. Desert bighorn sheep may be seen here, especially in the northern portion, along with wild horses and wild burros. A few prairie falcons have been spotted hunting over the low desert regions. Vegetation is sparse but the environment is known to support the ivory-spined agave plant. You should see evidence of old mining activity in the southern portion. You won't find any trails or much water to drink. Just across the Old Spanish Trail on the north end lies Nopah Range Wilderness.

Planning to Visit the South Nopah Range 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 South Nopah Range 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.