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Coso Range Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Coso Range Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 49,296 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


Encompassing the northern section of the Cosa Range, this Wilderness preserves an area of extensive erosion revealing outstanding displays of volcanic formations and numerous valleys and washes. From high points--primarily Joshua Flat in the east-central portion--you'll discover great views east into the Sierra Nevada and north into Owens Valley. In addition to Joshua Flat, striking Vermillion Canyon runs west from near the middle of the area, offering an especially scenic reason to make the trek. Cactus Flat and McCloud Flat to the south were once active mining regions. You'll see large stands of Joshua trees mixed with low desert shrubs, annuals, cactuses, and creosote bushes. Old tracks lead from the east to Joshua Flat and from the west to Vermillion Canyon. There is ample room to wander without much chance of seeing another human. Carry plenty of water.

Planning to Visit the Coso 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 Coso 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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