Buzzards Peak Proposed Wilderness & Indian Pass Proposed Wilderness Addition
Photo by John Dittli
The California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act would create 10,860 acres as a new Buzzards Peak Wilderness are, and add 11,840 acres to the existing Indian Pass Wilderness area. Both areas are within Imperial County.
The geologically rich soils of the proposed Indian Pass wilderness additions and the adjacent proposed Buzzard Peak wilderness create landscapes of rich chocolate brown, yellows, reds and blues.
These areas are an important part of the traditional homeland of the Quechan tribe, containing ancient trails, intaglios, rock alignments, sleeping circles, lithic scatter and other evidence of the tribe’s long history here.
The proposed Indian Pass additions and Buzzard Peak wilderness were left out of the 1994 California Desert Protection Act because of private ownership. But, these wild areas have since been purchased by private donors and gifted to the BLM for conservation.
Wildlife and plants found in these proposed wilderness areas include: cholla and beavertail cacti, ocotillos, palo verde, acacias, ironwood trees, the rare California ditaxis, desert tortoise, Yuma king snake, Colorado River toad, Great Plains toad, tree lizard, burros, mule deer and mountain lion.