The United States Congress designated the Avawatz Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 2019 and it now has a total of 89,500 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Rising to more than 6,100 feet above the Silurian Valley, the Avawatz Mountains form a commanding backdrop of colorful eroded slopes, rugged ridges, and steep, narrow canyons. The name "Avawatz" is derived from a Mohave Indian term meaning "red rock." And in fact, members of the Shoshone Nation continue to visit the area for spiritual and cultural purposes, collecting plants and other materials for crafts and medicines. With its diverse geology, the Avawatz Mountains Wilderness is a paradise for cross-country hikers and equestrians willing to brave harsh conditions and carry plenty of water in exchange for solitude and an outstanding backcountry experience.
Nine natural springs supply water to desert animals like bighorn sheep, coyotes, bobcats, and roadrunners. California biologists have identified the area as an important link for regional habitat connectivity, enabling wildlife to move across a larger landscape throughout the desert.