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Nopah Range Wilderness
SIZE: 10,860 acres
LOCATION: Inyo County; 1 mile east of Shoshone, California
Pahrump Point (5,740')
NATURAL RESOURCES: The wilderness is dominated by the Nopah Range for
which it is named. The Chicago Valley, flat with many winding,
light-colored washes, is a north-south divide in this wilderness,
with part of the Resting Spring Range to the west and the Nopah Range
to the east. Both ranges are rugged and exhibit dramatic geologic
landscape. Elevations range from 1,800 feet and rise 6,395 feet to
the summit of Nopah Peak. Mountains, alluvial fans, badlands,
plains, washes and hills unfold in harmony here.
Creosote bush scrub
and other desert shrub species cover the bajadas, giving the
mountains their barren character.
golden eagle and prairie falcon all enjoy the habitat provided by the
Nopah Range, while wild horses and
can be found roaming the Chicago Valley.
ACCESS: Access this wilderness from
State Highway 178
or the Old Spanish Trail Highway.