Size: 106,623 acres.
Location: Inyo County; I mile east of Shoshone, California (Note: Boundary set backs from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet)
Area Description : The wilderness is dominated by the Nopah Range for which it is named. The Chicago Valley, flat with many winding, light-colored washes, is a north-south divide in this wilderness, with part of the Resting Spring Range to the west and the Nopah Range to the east. Both ranges are rugged and exhibit dramatic geologic landscape. Elevations range from 1,800 feet and rise 6,395 feet to the summit of Nopah Peak. Mountains, alluvial fans, badlands, playas, plains, riverwashes and hills unfold in harmony here. Creosote, cacti, yucca and other desert shrub species cover the bajadas, giving the mountains their barren character. Bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, golden eagle and prairie falcon all enjoy the habitat provided by the Nopah Range.
Getting There : Access this wilderness from State Highway 178 or the Old Spanish Trail Highway.
Nonfederal Lands: Private lands may lie within the wilderness area. Please respect the landowner and do not use these lands without permission.
Additional Information :
Signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary; however, the boundary is set back 30 feet from unmaintained dirt roads and 300 feet on paved roads.
Mechanized or motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness.
Hunting, fishing, and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws.
Pet are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times.
Horses are permitted, however you may be required to carry feed.
Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaelogical materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging or offering to do so is prohibited by law.
CAMPING: Camping is permitted, limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site.
Help BLM preserve California's fragile deserts. Please park your vehicle or set up camp in previously disturbed sites.
Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Do not cut live vegetation.
The BLM encourages all desert recreationists and travelers exploring public lands, not only within southern California but through the west, to use propylene glycol based antifreeze/coolant in their touring and recreation vehicles. Proven safer, it will have minimal impacts on the wildlife and the environment should a leak occur.
- Desert Access Guide:
- Amargosa - #3
- Dumont/Clark Mountain - #6
- USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps:
- Mound Spring
- Nopah Peak
- North of Tecopa Pass
- Resting Spring
- Sixmile Spring
- Stewart Valley
- Twelvemile Spring
- West of Stump Spring
Go to BLM Wilderness List