|Elevation||1,321 m (4,334 ft)|
|District||San Bernardino County|
|Topo map||USGS Mesquite Mountains|
North Mesquite Mountains Wilderness Area
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.
Flora and fauna
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.
- Category: Mountain ranges of the Mojave Desert
- Category: Protected areas of the Mojave Desert
- Category: Flora of the California desert regions
- "Mesquite Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
- http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wilderness/wa/areas/north_mesquite_mountains.html . accessed 6/22/2010 . BLM public domain information sourced
- Official North Mesquite Mountains Wilderness Area website
- BLM North Mesquite Mountains Wilderness Map
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