The Cadiz Dunes Wilderness encompasses the majority of the Cadiz Dunes, and some of the lands immediately surrounding them. The dunes were formed by north winds blowing sands off the Cadiz Dry Lake. The pristine nature of the dunes includes a beautiful spring display of unique dune plants including Borrego milkvetch which is listed by the California Native Plant Society as rare and endangered in California. Lands surrounding the dunes are dominated by creosote. Wildlife found here includes typical Mojave Desert species including coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, quail, roadrunners, rattlesnakes, and several species of lizards.
Temperatures can be mild in the early spring, late fall, and winter--generally 30-80 F. Summer temperatures are extremely hot. Temperatures are commonly over 115 F and can get well over 120 F. Always carry water when visiting the dunes. The access road to the parking area on the north side of the dunes can be sandy and 4WD necessary.
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 Cadiz Dunes Wilderness.
Cadiz Dunes Wilderness lies 40 miles east of Twenty Nine Palms, between State Highway 62 and historic Route 66, in San Bernardino County, California. Maps of the area can be obtained from the Bureau of Land Management Field Office in Needles, California.
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.