U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office|
Meccacopia Special Recreation Management Area
The California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment of the
The CDCA Plan Amendment requires that a Meccacopia Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) be developed. The following are all factors important to the planning of the Meccacopia Special Recreation Area.
In order to comply with the CDCA Plan Amendment, four plans (two Wilderness plans, a recreation plan and a travel plan) must be coordinated into the one RAMP. It is also important to have a strong understanding of visitor use patterns in the affected area.
It is our goal that through pre-scoping we can address the relationships between man and the environment while gaining an understanding of how recreation is occurring within the Meccacopia SRMA Limited Use Areas, which border the Wildernesses.
Within the Mecca Hills and Orocopia Wilderness Plans, the focus will be to protect the diverse ecosystem found within these dramatic desert terrains. Though wilderness provides a number of values that make up the whole, it is important to never favor only one.
The Meccacopia SRMA consists of a series of loop routes that travel around the Mecca Hills Wilderness and the Orocopia Wilderness. One corridor was set aside to allow access between the Mecca Hills and the
Annually each Easter Sunday, Box Canyon, the old highway 94, and a paved corridor through the Mecca Hills wilderness receive a visitation of approximately 4,000 people for the observance of Spring Celebrations. On
During the 2003 Thanksgiving weekend, 1,200 Motorized SUV/OHV vehicles were recorded between Drop 31 on the southern edge of the SRMA and Summit Flats at the eastern edge of the SRMA. Over 1,164 Motorized SUV/OHV users were counted during the 2004 Thanksgiving weekend.
For over twenty years, Recreational Users have traveled over the