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Nopah Range Wilderness

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A lone orang colored cactus perched on a gray rocky slope along the edge of a deep shadowed ravine.
Library image #383: Barrel cactus high in the Nopah Range

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Nopah Range Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 106,623 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Nopah Range Wilderness is bordered by the Resting Spring Range Wilderness to the north and the South Nopah Range Wilderness to the south.

Description

From the Old Spanish Trail Highway north to the Nevada state line, Nopah Range Wilderness contains a good chunk of the Nopah Range in its eastern portion and a piece of the Resting Spring Range in its west. These ranges embody dramatic geologic landscapes, separated by the north-south Chicago Valley, a flat expanse with numerous winding, light-colored washes. Elevations vary from about 1,800 feet to the 6,395-foot summit of Nopah Peak in the northern section.

Explorers will find a desert symphony of dry mountains, hills, and alluvial fans, badlands, playas, plains, and river washes. Creosote, cactuses, yucca, and other desert shrubs cover the bajadas, adding hints of color and life to the barren mountains that rise above. Wild burros and horses roam the Chicago Valley, and desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, golden eagles, and prairie falcons are not uncommon visitors.

Planning to Visit the 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 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.



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