Mesquite Mountains

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Mesquite Mountains
Mesquite Mountains is located in California
Mesquite Mountains
location of Mesquite Mountains in California [1]
Highest point
Elevation 1,321 m (4,334 ft)
Geography
Country United States
State California
District San Bernardino County
Range coordinates 35°43′10″N 115°42′37″W / 35.7194°N 115.7103°W / 35.7194; -115.7103Coordinates: 35°43′10″N 115°42′37″W / 35.7194°N 115.7103°W / 35.7194; -115.7103
Topo map USGS Mesquite Mountains
See also: Mesquite Hills

The Mesquite Mountains are a mountain range in eastern San Bernardino County, California, near the border with Nevada.[1] They are north of Interstate 15 in California and southeast of Death Valley.

North Mesquite Mountains Wilderness Area[edit]

The North Mesquite Mountains Wilderness Area consists of the broad western end of Sandy Valley and the northern portion of Mesquite Mountains. Rolling brown foothills, a few steeper mountains, and medium sized buttes comprise the reddish-brown geologic features in the wilderness. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Vegetation of this area is characteristic of the mid-elevations of the eastern Mojave Desert. Dominant vegetation includes creosote brush scrub, blackbush scrub, Joshua tree woodland, yucca, cacti, and some grasses.

Wildlife is also typical for the Mojave Desert; including coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, quail, roadrunners, rattlesnakes and several species of lizards. The southern tip of the wilderness provides critical habitat for the desert tortoise.

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