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Elkhorn Ridge Wilderness

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Area Management

The Elkhorn Ridge 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 Elkhorn Ridge Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Mechanized or motorized vehicles are not allowed in this wilderness area, though signs indicating the wilderness boundary may not be posted.

Hunting is allowed under state laws, however, fishing is not allowed.

Pets are allowed, but must be under the owner's control at all times.

Camping is allowed, limited to 14 days.

Campfires are allowed unless prohibited during seasonal fire restrictions.

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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