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Argus Range Wilderness Area



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General Description

The Argus Range Wilderness has elevations from 2,800 feet to more than 7,500 feet. The western boundary is China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.

With its steep mountain slopes and highly dissected canyons, the Argus Range has several springs. These springs provide water for a small population of desert bighorn sheep. There are remains of historic mining activity and a few prehistoric sites which are scattered throughout the area. Vegetation includes creosote scrub plant community on the lower slopes, scattered pinyon-juniper plant communities on the high slopes with relatively little vegetation on the steep mountain slopes and canyon walls.


Some of the activities than can be enjoyed are hiking, walking, upland bird hunting.

Osborne Canyon and Snow Canyon provide additional access to this wilderness. The signs indicating "Wilderness" and "Closed Road" or "Closed Route" are placed at various intervals. Vehicles can be parked outside the wilderness boundary; however, the boundary is set back 30 feet on unmaintained dirt roads, and 300 feet on paved roads. Mechanized or motorized vehicles are NOT PERMITTED in a wilderness.

Hunting, fishing and non-commercial trapping are allowed under state and local laws. Pets are allowed, but please keep your pets under control at all times. Horses are permitted, however, you may be required to carry feed. Private lands may lie within the wilderness, PLEASE respect the owner. DO NOT use these lands without permission. Removal, disturbance, or attempting to remove archaeological materials is a felony. Selling, receiving, purchasing, transporting, exchanging, or offering to do so is prohibited by law.

Camping is permitted, limited to 14 days. After 14 days, campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site. Gathering wood for campfires, when permitted, is limited to dead and down materials. Live vegetation can not be cut.

Directions from Darwin, CA: Argus Range Wilderness Area is located in Inyo County 5 miles east of Darwin and 25 miles northeast of Ridgecrest. Access to this wilderness is via SR 190 or SR 178 to Panamint Valley Road through Panamint Valley. Numerous four-wheel drive routes turn off Nadeau Trail providing access to canyons on the east side. On the south side, access is via Homewood Canyon off SR 178.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Camping Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Forest Areas Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Upland Bird Hunting Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Argus Range Wilderness Area
Yes



More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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