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Newberry Mountains Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Newberry Mountains Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 26,102 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


Rugged and volcanic in origin, the Newberry Mountains rise with relative gentleness toward rather broad and flat tops with elevations ranging from 2,200 feet in the north to 5,100 feet in the south. Deep, mazelike canyons slice through the mountains in all directions. The old Azucar Mine lies just outside the western border, and evidence of past mining activity lies scattershot throughout the area. When the rains cooperate, the western side of the Wilderness erupts into spring wildflower displays. You won't find much in the way of water or trails in the area. You may see a few desert bighorn sheep passing through, or a falcon or eagle hunting from the air.

Planning to Visit the Newberry 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 Newberry 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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