El Paso Mountains
|El Paso Mountains|
|Elevation||1,479 m (4,852 ft)|
|Topo map||USGS Garlock|
The El Paso Mountains are located in central southern California in the United States. The range lies in a southwest-northeasterly direction east of Highway 14, and north of the Rand Mountains and Randsburg Red Rock Road. Red Rock Canyon State Park lies at the western end of the range.
The mountains are approximately 18 miles (29 km) long and 16 mi (26 km) north and northeast of California City. The mountains are home to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, a tunnel dug by hand by William "Burro" H. Schmidt between 1906 and 1938.
The Coso People were early Native American inhabitants of this mountain range. They created extensive carvings in rock within the El Paso and neighboring mountains, and conducted considerable trade with other tribes as distant as the Chumash on the Pacific coast.
- Alan P. Garfinkel. 2004. Dating "Classic" Coso Style Sheep Petroglyphs in the Coso Range and El Paso Mountains: Implications for Regional Prehistory, v.2/15/04
- C.Michael Hogan. 2008. Morro Creek, ed. by A. Burnham 
- Allan, Stuart (2005). California Road and Recreation Atlas. Benchmark Maps. p. 94. ISBN 0-929591-80-1.
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