With an eastern boundary that runs roughly parallel to the Colorado River, Riverside Mountains Wilderness varies from gently sloping bajadas to a rugged interior with numerous peaks and a craggy skyline. Canyons in the interior emerge from the mountains to open into washes that divide the bajadas. Big Wash crosses the western section and provides easy foot access. The northern section includes artifacts from several old mining operations. Foxtail cactuses and California barrel cactuses, both sensitive plants, dot the landscape. A small herd of burro deer call this Wilderness home.
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 Riverside Mountains 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.