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Resting Spring Range Wilderness

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Resting Spring Range Wilderness

Location: Inyo County; 5 miles southeast of Death Valley Junction, California and 8 miles north of Shoshone, California (Note: Boundary set backs from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet) Resting Sping Range location

Area Description:76,312 acres. The Amargosa River Valley, Eagle Mountain and Resting Spring Range spread out across this wilderness. Vast bajadas sweep up to the picturesque north-south spine of the Resting Spring Mountain Range. Eagle Mountain, an isolated peak, juts abruptly from the flat expanse of the Amargosa River Valley, its colorful features standing out among the sparsely covered valley floor. The Resting Spring Range, for which this area is named, includes low rolling hills that give way to extremely coarse rugged rock formations with jagged peaks and deep canyons. Elevations range from 2,040 feet and extend to 5,264 feet to the summit of Stewart Peak. In some places, the rocks show off a variety of colors ranging from subdued browns and tans to more intense pinks, reds, greens and black. The range provides habitat for desert bighorn sheep, wild horses and burros and raptors, including golden eagles and prairie falcons.

Getting There: Access this wilderness area from State Highways 127 or 178.

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.

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