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Darwin Falls Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Darwin Falls Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 8,189 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Darwin Falls Wilderness is bordered by the Death Valley Wilderness to the east.


Carved into numerous shallow depressions and canyons and holding a variety of stark volcanic rock faces, the Darwin Plateau stands guard in the northern portion of this Wilderness. In the south, Darwin Falls spills down spectacular Darwin Canyon. Lined with willows and cottonwoods, the water rises to the surface from a permanent spring outside the northeast Wilderness boundary inside Death Valley National Park. A creosote bush community dominates much of the landscape, giving way to Joshua tree woodlands higher in the hills. Among other desert wildlife, prairie falcons are often spotted. Two springs on the eastern boundary supply additional water.

Planning to Visit the Darwin Falls 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 Darwin Falls 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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