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.
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.