Two people stand on a grassy hillside in the King Range Wilderness, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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Mtn. Bike Rider on the Bizz Johnson Trail King Range National Conservation Area Poppy Three Pump Jacks, Midway-Sunset Oilfield
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Wilderness


Congress defined wilderness as being an "area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man..."  When you think of California, "untrammeled" is probably not your first image, but rather high-rise buildings in busy cities, elevated freeways, and stretches of surburban houses.  In reality, there are large swaths of areas in the State that are still primitive, natural, and roadless.  Ensuring these wild places remain for present and future generations is important.  Congress has designated areas of public lands in California as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  These represent some of the system's most spectacular units, ranging from desert sand dunes to the Pacific coastline, and from river canyons to mountain peaks.  The BLM also manages Wilderness Study Areas to maintain their wilderness qualities until a decision is made by Congress.

Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas are a component of the National Landscape Conservation System.

Explore these pages to learn more about these special places:


America celebrates 
"50 Years of Wilderness"

Wilderness 50  years, 1964-2014, Yours to enjoy, to protect.


Events

Explore Wilderness Areas

Junior Ranger Activities & Adventures
(ages 8 - 18)

Purchase a California Wall Map


Sunlight illuminates bare tree branches with purple mountains in the background
Inyo Mountains Wilderness


Hikers pause where California poppies and green hillsides meet the ocean
King Range Wilderness