The United States Congress designated the Funeral Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 25,707 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Funeral Mountains Wilderness is bordered by
the Death Valley Wilderness
to the west.
Despite the dreary name, rugged and cheerfully colorful limestone lies in striking bands across Funeral Mountains Wilderness. From the southeast and Nevada, the long alluvial slopes of the Amargosa Desert ascend into the Funeral Mountains, which extend northwest into Death Valley National Park. Elevations range from about 2,200 feet to Bat Mountain's 4,950 feet. Desert bighorn sheep have been spotted in the peaks, but very few humans ever travel into this dry, desolate, and trail-free country.