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.