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Buzzards Peak Wilderness

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Photograph taken in  the Buzzards Peak Wilderness
John Dittli


The United States Congress designated the Buzzards Peak Wilderness (map) in 2019 and it now has a total of 11,840 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


The geologically rich soils of the Buzzards Peak Wilderness create landscapes of rich chocolate brown, yellows, reds, and blues. This area is an important part of the traditional homeland of the Quechan tribe, containing ancient trails, intaglios, rock alignments, sleeping circles, lithic scatter, and other evidence of the tribe’s long history here. Wildlife and plants found here include: cholla and beavertail cacti, ocotillos, palo verde, acacias, ironwood trees, the rare California ditaxis, desert tortoise, Yuma king snake, Colorado River toad, Great Plains toad, tree lizard, burros, mule deer and mountain lion.

Planning to Visit the Buzzards Peak 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 Buzzards Peak 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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