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Pahrump Valley Wilderness

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Pahrump Valley Wilderness

Location: San Bernardino and Inyo Counties; 25 miles east of Tecopa, California (Note: Boundary set backs from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet) Pahrump Valley location

Area Description: 73,726 acres.  Alluvial slopes in California, Pahrump and Mesquite Valleys ascend southward into the Kingston Range. The range is rugged, with many canyons, bajadas and winding washes. Elevations range from 2,720 feet to a 4,569-foot summit. The California, Mesquite and Pahrump Valleys, for which the area is named, are dotted with desert shrubs. Several plant species dependent upon limestone soils grow in the area, as well as unusual yucca species. Desert tortoise, golden eagles and desert bighorn sheep have been seen here.

Getting There: Access this wilderness via the Excelsior Mine Road from Interstate 15, or the Old Spanish Trail Highway.

Nonfederal Lands: Private lands may lie within the wilderness area. Please respect the owner 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.

Pahrump Valley Wilderness


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