Within the southern portion of the Chocolate Mountains, with elevations ranging from 200 feet to 1,500 feet, the Little Picacho Wilderness is characterized by dramatic jutting spires and steep ridges. Little Picacho Peak stands in the northern portion amid numerous ravines that gradually descend and broaden into sandy, tree-lined washes. The slopes and plains are covered with the angular cobbles known as desert pavement--a stark contrast to the nearly white bottoms of the washes. A herd of at least 25 desert bighorn sheep live here. The Picacho wild horse herd inhabits a range in the northwestern corner of the Wilderness. Wild burros roam throughout the area, sharing their abode with desert tortoises and spotted bats.
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 Little Picacho 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.