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Riverside Mountains Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Riverside Mountains Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 24,004 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


With an eastern boundary that runs roughly parallel to the Colorado River, Riverside Mountains Wilderness varies from gently sloping bajadas to a rugged interior with numerous peaks and a craggy skyline. Canyons in the interior emerge from the mountains to open into washes that divide the bajadas. Big Wash crosses the western section and provides easy foot access. The northern section includes artifacts from several old mining operations. Foxtail cactuses and California barrel cactuses, both sensitive plants, dot the landscape. A small herd of burro deer call this Wilderness home.

Planning to Visit the Riverside 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 Riverside 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.