Black Mountain Wilderness


Black Mountain stands at 3,941 feet, a mesa rising above an expanse of desolate, ancient lava flows. The mountain lies in the northwest corner of the Wilderness, and from the summit, the area drops in elevation to 2,080 feet. Golden eagles and prairie falcons have been seen foraging in this area, which is also known for its occasional display of spring flowers. If you travel to the southeast corner of the Wilderness you will find a deposit of fine-grained sand.

There are no trails, but a spring exists near Opal Mountain. A significant amount of privately owned acreage exists within the area that should not be used without permission.

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For more information about this wilderness, please visit Wilderness Connect.


Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). For more information on any of the principles listed below, please visit Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website..


  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors



Rules and Regulations

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.

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Geographic Coordinates

35.12405556, -117.2120667


Access to this wilderness area is by the Opal Mountain Road or Black Canyon Road, from State Highway 58.