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South Nopah Range Wilderness

Location: Inyo County; 3 miles east of Tecopa, California (Note: Boundary set backs from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet) South Nopah Range Wilderness location

Area Description: 17,059 acres. The Nopah Range is rugged and shaded with color, its sedimentary rocks capping at 4,200 feet. Gently rolling alluvial slopes or bajadas on the east and west sweep up to the south end of the rugged folds of the Nopah Mountain Range. Desert bighorn sheep make their home in the northern portion of the mountain range year-round. The eastern part of this wilderness includes portions of California Valley. Vegetation is sparse, but prairie falcons have been seen hunting over most of the lowland areas. The environment here is known to support habitat for the ivory-spined agave plant, although no specimens have actually been collected from within the wilderness. Wild horses and burros also may be seen in the area.

Getting There: Access this wilderness from State Highway 127 via 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.

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