Recreational opportunities include hiking, primitive camping, horseback riding, and hunting. Noncommercial trapping is permitted in accordance with State and Federal laws. Hobby rock collecting is permitted, but limited to hand methods or detection equipment that does not cause a surface disturbance- digging and prying tools are not permitted.
To help preserve Wilderness character through responsible recreation, please:
Choose your equipment in earthtone colors that blend in with the environment.
Hike in small groups when traveling cross-country.
Camp at least ¼ mile from wildlife water sources.
Hide your camp from view and refrain from building camp structures.
Use camp stoves instead of campfires.
If you do build a fire, do not construct a fire ring and use only small sticks. Once the fire is out, scatter ashes and naturalize the area.
Pick up trash and pack it out (yours and others).
Be courteous to other people. Avoid loud music or noise and keep pets under control.
Bury human waste in cat holes 6-8 inches deep and at least 75 paces from your camp or water sources.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
Temperatures can be as low as 30° Fahrenheit from December through January,, and can reach above 115° Fahrenheit or greater during June through September. Precipitation generally ranges from 2 to 4 inches per year. Rainfall, which can occur at any time of the year, is often preceded by strong and sudden windstorms. Watch for cloud build up and be aware of possible flash flooding in washes and drainages.
Safety and Current Conditions
For your safety:
Let a friend or relative know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.
Plan your trip. Take plenty of water; there are no permanent water sources or facilities in the New Water Mountains.
Be prepared for extreme temperatures. Check weather forecasts. Dehydration and heat exhaustion can be life threatening. In colder months, guard against hypothermia.
Be aware of poisonous animals. The Wilderness is home to many reptiles and insects whose bite or sting could ruin your day. Never put hands or feet where you can't see.
Avoid abandoned mine workings. These areas are susceptible to collapse and extremely dangerous. They are also home to a variety of animal species that might view your presence as a threat.
Pace yourselves and recognize your limitations as well as your abilities. The terrain is rugged and there are no established trails. Watch your footing.