A portion of the Ibex Hills and parts of the Dublin Hills and Black Mountains are preserved in this Wilderness. The Ibex Hills form a craggy, north-south divide between the alluvial slopes of Greenwater Valley on the east and the raggedy Black Mountains on the west. From a low of about 3,000 feet, elevations climb to 4,752 feet on the summit of Ibex Peak on the western boundary. Horizontal rock layers in the mountains are highlighted with distinctive bright red, yellow, and black hues.
The ruins of at least a half-dozen old talc mines are scattered forlornly throughout the area, and a non-Wilderness road corridor extends from the southeast to the major mining region. Visitors have spotted desert bighorn sheep frolicking about, and can occasionally draw water from several springs. Death Valley National Park lies to the west and south.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Ibex Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
California Desert Protection Act of 1994 - Public Law 103-433 (10/31/1994) "California Desert Protection Act of 1994" An Act to designate certain lands in the California Desert as wilderness, to establish the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, to establish the Mojave National Preserve, and for other purposes.