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Wilderness Area Status
Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Contiguous with the AZ Pakoon basin desert tortoise critical habitat, the proposed Billy Goat Peak wilderness is an important corridor for genetic diversity for the tortoise. Billy Goat Peak, at 5,735 feet, is critical desert big horn sheep habitat and Whitney Ridge is important winter range. Both of these areas offer outstanding opportunities for route-finding and rock-scrambling for the adventurous hiker. Lower elevations are home to the sensitive three corner milkvetch (Astragalus geyeri var. triquetrus). This ecologically diverse area is a desert hiker’s paradise. Opportunities abound to wander through a Joshua tree and yucca forest, following the animal tracks in the sand, bird watching in the Mesquite woodlands, rock hounding in the Wechech Basin or Mud Hills and then rising to the higher elevations of Whitney Ridge to the rocky peaks of pinion and juniper, all in one day.
This areas offers opportunities for spectacular vistas into Nevada's precious part of the Grand Canyon. Billy Goat Peak wilderness is the star of the splendid natural, cultural and scenic resources of Gold Butte.
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