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Bristol Mountains Wilderness
The Bristol Mountains Wilderness is a 71,000 acre remote wilderness area just west of the Mojave National Preserve. The vegetation type is predominantly Creosote scrub and plants that grow in dry washes, such as Desert Willow. Wildlife includes coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, quail, roadrunners, rattlesnakes, and several species of lizards. The Bristol Mountains also provide habitat for migrating desert bighorn sheep.
Overseen by the BLM, you can also visit the nearby stunning Kelso Dunes to the North and the Trilobite Wilderness to the southeast. The Bristol Mountains Wilderness consists of a portion of the Old Dad Mountains and the north part of the Bristol Mountains. You can find Mojave Yucca and Creosote here. Very few trails exist in the wilderness, which is advantageous in terms of lack of trampling of native vegetation and discovery of new or rare species.