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Little Picacho Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Little Picacho Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 38,216 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Little Picacho Wilderness is bordered by the Imperial Refuge Wilderness to the north.


Within the southern portion of the Chocolate Mountains, with elevations ranging from 200 feet to 1,500 feet, the Little Picacho Wilderness is characterized by dramatic jutting spires and steep ridges. Little Picacho Peak stands in the northern portion amid numerous ravines that gradually descend and broaden into sandy, tree-lined washes. The slopes and plains are covered with the angular cobbles known as desert pavement--a stark contrast to the nearly white bottoms of the washes. A herd of at least 25 desert bighorn sheep live here. The Picacho wild horse herd inhabits a range in the northwestern corner of the Wilderness. Wild burros roam throughout the area, sharing their abode with desert tortoises and spotted bats.

Planning to Visit the Little Picacho 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 Picacho 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.