The United States Congress designated the Bright Star Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 8,191 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Bright Star Canyon encloses Kelso Creek and leaves Sequoia National Forest to cross the southern portion of the BLM
's Bright Star Wilderness. In the northwest portion, Cortez Canyon has been carved out of the Kelso Mountains. In the northeast portion, Kelso Peak stands at 5,090 feet with drainages falling off to the north, south, and east. To the west, the Kelso Mountains join the Piute Mountains outside the Wilderness.
The upper slopes are dotted with piñon pine and juniper, while the lower slopes are brushy and broken by large granite outcroppings. The valley below is boulder-strewn and dense with Joshua trees. Here the Mojave Desert meets the Sierra Nevada, allowing for a wide variety of wildlife. The entire Wilderness lies within the BLM's Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
There are no designated trails for backpackers.