Size: 25,707 acres.
Location: Inyo County; 3 miles northwest of Death Valley Junction, California (Note: Boundary setbacks from roads or trails are 30 to 300 feet)
Area Description : Amargosa Desert alluvial slopes ascend into the Funeral Mountains. Rugged and colorful bands of limestone rock lay to rest any images conjured up by the Funeral Mountains, for which this wilderness area is named. Elevations range from 2,200 feet and rise 4,950 feet to the summit of Bat Mountain. Capped at nearly 7,000 feet, Pyramid Peak and the western boundary of this wilderness lie within Death Valley National Park. Desert bighorn sheep have been seen near these peaks.
Getting There : Access this wilderness area from State 127 or 190.
Nonfederal Lands: Private lands may lie within the wilderness area. Please respect the land 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.
- Desert Access Guide:
- USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps:
- Death Valley Junction
- East of Echo Canyon
- East of Ryan
- Echo Canyon
- Franklin Well
Barstow Field Office
California Desert District
Go to BLM Wilderness List