Between Death Valley National Park and the Nevada state line, the Resting Spring Range sweeps up from vast bajadas across rolling hills to a picturesque north-south spine--a line of extremely coarse and rugged rock formations with jagged summits above deep, hidden canyons. Elevations vary from 2,040 feet to Stewart Peak's 5,264 feet. From subdued browns and tans, the colors of the mountains sometimes run to intense pinks, reds, greens, and black. To the west lies the valley of the Amargosa River, and in the area's northwest corner, the huge spread of Eagle Mountain juts abruptly from the flat expanse of the wide river valley. The colorful sides of Eagle Mountain are a delightful contrast to the dull shades and sparse vegetation of the valley floor. Desert bighorn sheep share the land with wild horses and wild burros. You may see several species of raptors, including golden eagles and prairie falcons, circling overhead. The non-Wilderness corridor of a four-wheel-drive road splits off a southern section of the area leading to the old Baxter Mine. You will not find trails, but you may find solitude.
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 Resting Spring Range 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.