The United States Congress designated the Piper Mountain Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 72,192 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Piper Mountain Wilderness is bordered by
the Sylvania Mountains Wilderness
to the east.
The Piper, Sylvania, and Inyo Mountains meet in Piper Mountain Wilderness. Alluvial fans cover large portions of the eastern side of the area. Wide, barren plains and dry hills form much of the landscape. The region is divided into three separate sections by non-Wilderness four-wheel-drive roads (along the seven miles of northeast-southwest Horse Thief Canyon, and north-south from Chocolate Mountain to the edge of Death Valley National Park). Sagebrush and piñon-juniper woodlands are the most common vegetation, though conifers grow in some of the higher elevations. Desert bighorn sheep live in at least three locations within this area. At the base of the Inyo Mountains, you'll discover one of the northernmost stands of Joshua trees.