Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness

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Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness
Map showing the location of Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness
Map showing the location of Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness
Map showing the location of Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness
LocationSan Bernardino County, California, USA
Nearest cityBaker, CA
Coordinates35°47′03″N 116°20′28″W / 35.78417°N 116.34111°W / 35.78417; -116.34111Coordinates: 35°47′03″N 116°20′28″W / 35.78417°N 116.34111°W / 35.78417; -116.34111
Area1,530 acres (6.2 km2)
Established1994 (1994)[1]
Governing bodyBureau of Land Management[2]

Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness is the smallest designated wilderness area created by the California Desert Protection Act of 1994.[3]


A 1980 Bureau of Land Management report recommended the area as unsuitable for wilderness designation, as the mineral resources identified in the study were likely to be commercially viable. These included copper, lead, silver and talc, all of which had been historically extracted in the area.[4]

The area was given wilderness status on 21 October 1994.[5]


The area contains considerable deposits of talc.[4]



Vegetation consists mostly of creosote bush and allscale scrubs. No sensitive or significant plant species are known to occur within the wilderness area.[4]


The area is not known to support any listed, sensitive or rare species.[Note 1]

The sandy substrate in an area of approximately 3 square miles (1,920 acres / 7.8 square kilometres) provides habitat for the Mojave fringe-toed lizard, a highly adapted sand-dwelling species.[4]

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  1. ^ According to 1980 report.[4]


  1. ^ "Saddle Peak Hills in United States of America". United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness". University of Montana. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e United States. Bureau of Land Management (1980), Page 291-298, "California Desert Conservation Area: Environmental Impact Statement", Northwestern University Accessed online August 27,2019.
  5. ^ Congress (2009), Page 452, "United States Code, 2006, Supplement 1, January 4, 2007 to January 8, 2008", Government Printing Office, ISBN 0160835127, Accessed online August 30,2019.