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Soda Mountains Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Soda Mountains Wilderness
Credit:
John Dittli

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Soda Mountains Wilderness (map) in 2019 and it now has a total of 80,090 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Description

This scenic, horseshoe-shaped range includes the terminus of the great Mojave. Creosote, barrel cacti, cholla, and yuccas can be found along with the unique Crucifixion thorn. Two intermittent lakes, East Cronese and West Cronese, provide habitat for wintering and migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, including the endangered Yuma clapper rail. The unusual concentrations of water related birds also make this a choice area for raptors. Desert bighorn sheep live in large swaths of the range, and the southern portion is home to the endangered Desert Tortoise.

Historic use of the Soda Mountains Wilderness by Ancient Native Americans can still be seen today in anthropomorphic figures, portions of aboriginal trail systems, and salt and hunting camp locations. Located just off Interstate 15, the Soda Mountains provide hikers with ready access to multicolored canyons with steep, rocky walls grading from brown at the base, to red in the middle, to gold at the top.

Planning to Visit the Soda 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 Soda 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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