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Resting Spring Range Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Resting Spring Range Wilderness


The United States Congress designated the Resting Spring Range Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 76,312 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Resting Spring Range Wilderness is bordered by the Death Valley Wilderness to the west and the Nopah Range Wilderness to the south.


Between Death Valley National Park and the Nevada state line, the Resting Spring Range sweeps up from vast bajadas across rolling hills to a picturesque north-south spine--a line of extremely coarse and rugged rock formations with jagged summits above deep, hidden canyons. Elevations vary from 2,040 feet to Stewart Peak's 5,264 feet. From subdued browns and tans, the colors of the mountains sometimes run to intense pinks, reds, greens, and black. To the west lies the valley of the Amargosa River, and in the area's northwest corner, the huge spread of Eagle Mountain juts abruptly from the flat expanse of the wide river valley. The colorful sides of Eagle Mountain are a delightful contrast to the dull shades and sparse vegetation of the valley floor. Desert bighorn sheep share the land with wild horses and wild burros. You may see several species of raptors, including golden eagles and prairie falcons, circling overhead. The non-Wilderness corridor of a four-wheel-drive road splits off a southern section of the area leading to the old Baxter Mine. You will not find trails, but you may find solitude.

Planning to Visit the Resting Spring Range 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 Resting Spring Range 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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