Avawatz Mountains

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Avawatz Mountains
Avawatz Mountains 1.jpg
Seen from the north, in Death Valley
Highest point
Elevation 1,872.7 m (6,144 ft)
Avawatz Mountains is located in California
Avawatz Mountains
Location of the Avawatz Mountains in California [1]
Country United States
State California
District San Bernardino County
Range coordinates 35°30′25″N 116°17′05″W / 35.5069°N 116.2847°W / 35.5069; -116.2847Coordinates: 35°30′25″N 116°17′05″W / 35.5069°N 116.2847°W / 35.5069; -116.2847
Topo map USGS Sheep Creek Spring

The Avawatz Mountains are located in San Bernardino County, California, in the Mojave Desert.


The name "Avawatz" is derived from the Mohave Indian term "Avi-Ahwat", or "red rock".[2] An alternative theory holds that the name comes from the Southern Paiute word iva-wätz, meaning "white mountain sheep."[3]


The range lies to the west of State Route 127; between the Owlshead Mountains in the southern end of Death Valley National Park, and the Soda Mountains near the town of Baker.

Part of the Avawatz Mountain range lies in the National Training Center, which is part of the Fort Irwin Military Reservation, and is closed to the public.

The Avawatz Mountains reach an elevation of 1,872.7 meters (6,144 ft).


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Avawatz Mountains
  2. ^ Vredenburgh, Larry M., 1988, Geology and mineral resources of the Avawatz Mountains Resource Area in Jennifer L. Gregory and E. Joan Baldwin, Geology of the Death Valley Region, Annual field trip guide book Number 16 (Santa Ana: South Coast Geological Society) p. 304 - 344.
  3. ^ California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. University of California Press. 1960. p. 17. GGKEY:403N5Z6QERG. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  • California Road and Recreation Atlas, 2005, pg 96