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Little Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness

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Looking across a desert landscape spotted with low foliage, rugged rocky mountains rise from the desert floor in the distance.
Library image #2774: View of the north-facing slopes of the Little Chuckwalla Mountains


The United States Congress designated the Little Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 28,052 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


Dry, desolate, and rugged, the Little Chuckwalla Mountains, cresting at 2,100 feet, are surrounded by a large, gently sloping bajada incised by a network of washes. In the north part of the Wilderness, a bajada rises gradually to about 400 feet. Here, in portions of the area, you may see desert bighorn sheep, and the southern bajada has been identified as crucial habitat for desert tortoises. Several sensitive plants grow in the Little Chuckwallas, including California snakeweed, Alverson's foxtail cactus, and barrel cactus.

You won't find much in the way of developed trails or water, but you will find an ample supply of solitude.

Planning to Visit the Little Chuckwalla Mountains 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 Little Chuckwalla Mountains 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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