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.