Death Valley Wilderness Additions
The California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act would designate approximately 23,650 wilderness acres within Ibex Hills and another 8,638 wilderness acres called the Axe Head within Death Valley National Park (DVNP).
The Ibex Hills are in the southwestern corner of DVNP. They contain rugged mountains, remote canyons, tranquil desert washes and habitat for the threatened desert tortoise. Its addition as wilderness would allow a connection between the small, isolated Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness with the larger Death Valley Wilderness to the west.
The Axe Head triangle-shaped area in the extreme southern part of DVNP consists of low hills, desert washes and prime habitat for the threatened desert tortoise. On the south side, this proposed wilderness addition would be contiguous with the proposed Bowling Alley wilderness addition to DVNP.
An additional 26,788 acres of wilderness within Death Valley National Park would be designated, and 32,520 acres of wilderness and 6,369 acres of non-wilderness would be added to DVNP. All of these proposed additions to Death Valley National Park wilderness provide amazing vistas and places to enjoy Death Valley’s natural soundscape and solitude.