Hiking, hunting, sightseeing, rock hounding, nature studies, geological sightseeing, orienteering, archaeological sightseeing, outstanding landscape and nature photography, rock scrambling, peak bagging, night sky viewing, burro packing, horseback riding, archeological study, backpacking, journaling, sketching, and painting opportunities of this area are all truly outstanding and all these opportunities are available year around. The degree of challenge and risk of these recreational activities vary with the season of use. The fact that all of these primitive and unconfined recreational activities are available within a nearly 35,000 acre roadless area where visitors will not be disturbed by motorized vehicles, truly makes these opportunities outstanding.
The landscape here displays a thriving Mojave Desert habitat of creosote bush, black brush, yucca, Joshua trees and desert willow.
About 300 million years ago, the towering mountains of this area lay as flat depositional layers at the bottom the bottom of the sea. Today, this sea floor comprises the limestone peaks that create the rugged and convolute skyline of the area, while scattered fossilized sand dunes add surprising canyons and domes, intricately carved and painted in shades of red, orange and yellow.
To see more photos and explore this Unit on Google Earth, visit Panoramio (will open a new window)