The United States Congress designated the Bristol Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 1994 and it now has a total of 71,389 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Bristol Mountains Wilderness is bordered by
the Mojave Wilderness
to the east and the Kelso Dunes Wilderness
to the north.
The Bristol Mountains Wilderness contains the tilted and bisected old volcanic plain called Old Dad Mountains and the northern portion of the Bristol Mountains which climb as high as 3,874 feet. The broad Budweiser Wash drains into the eastern portion of the wilderness. The vegetation type is predominantly creosote bush desert scrub and desert wash scrub. Wildlife is typical for the Mojave Desert; including coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, quail, roadrunners, rattlesnakes, and several species of lizards. The Bristol Mountains also provide habitat for migrating desert bighorn sheep.