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Sylvania Mountains Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Sylvania Mountains Wilderness (map) in 1994 and it now has a total of 18,682 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Sylvania Mountains Wilderness is bordered by the Piper Mountain Wilderness to the west and the Death Valley Wilderness to the south.


The Sylvania Mountains are shared by California and Nevada, and the Wilderness starts on the desert floor and rises eastward over gradually rolling hills to rough and mountainous terrain reaching nearly 8,000 feet in height. Sagebrush scrub dominates the vegetation on the east, and gives way to piƱon pine and juniper at the higher elevations. From the higher country, you can look south over the Last Chance Range into Death Valley National Park, north across dry Fish Lake Valley, and west to Piper Mountain--the sheer immensity of the region is a humbling experience. You might see deer, chukar partridge, and bighorn sheep roaming about. You won't see trails or water.

Planning to Visit the Sylvania 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 Sylvania 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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