California

Parks & Preserves

Here is a list of some of the national parks, state parks, preserves and wilderness areas found within the state.

Afton Canyon Preserve, administered by the Bureau of Land Management, is...

Joshua Tree National Park straddles two deserts--the higher Mojave Desert on...

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a varied and beautiful geological...

The Kelso Dunes Wilderness includes the Bristol Mountain area as well as...

The 45,000 acre Big Maria Mountains Wilderness can be found north of Blythe...

The Kiavah Wilderness is a plateau located south of Walker Pass in...

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in California is not to be missed on your way up...

The Kingston Range is almost 200,000 acres and lies between the Mojave...

The Bigelow Cholla Garden Wilderness lies in the East Mojave Desert of...

The Little Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness, managed by the BLM, lies in the...

The Bighorn Mountain Wilderness is on the eastern flank of the San...

South of Joshua Tree National Park, the lovely Mecca Hills Wilderness...

The 20,000 acre Black Mountain Wilderness can be found northwest of Barstow...

The Mojave National Preserve in California is a massive (1.6 million acres)...

The Bristol Mountains Wilderness is a 71,000 acre remote wilderness area...

Mojave Trails National Monument, covering an unbelievable 1.6 million acres...

At almost 20,000 acres, the Cadiz Dunes Wilderness is a small protected area...

The Newberry Mountains Wilderness are located just east of Barstow near the...

Carrizo Gorge Wilderness is located between McCain Valley BLM, the Jacumba...

The Nopah Range Wilderness can be found between Las Vegas and the southern...

Castle Mountains National Monument, administered by the National Park...

The North Algodones Dunes Wilderness is a huge 25,000 acre dune region that...

Situated just west of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and northwest of...

The Old Woman Mountains Wilderness is very large and remote - 156,000 acres...

Weighing in at almost 100,000 acres, the Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness is...

Just northeast of the Salton Sea in southern California, you can find the...

Located just south of the massive Mojave National Preserve, and now part of...

The Owens Peak Wilderness is on the east side of the Sierras in California....

The 20,000 acre Coachella Valley Preserve is located very close to the major...

The Pahrump Valley Wilderness is located right between the Mojave National...

The Coso Range Wilderness is situated between Sequoia National park to the...

The 212,000 acre Palen/McCoy Wilderness is found in the southeastern part of...

Darwin Falls Wilderness area is a relatively small 8,000 acres on the...

The Palo Verde Mountains Wilderness encompasses about 30,000 acres in the ...

Death Valley National Park is a land of extremes for people as well as...

The Providence Mountains State Recreation Area can be found on the eastern...

Just north of the stunning Red Rock Canyon State Park, the El Paso Mountains...

Red Rock Canyon State Park in California is a rare and special northwestern ...

The Fish Creek Wilderness lies to the east of Anza Borrego and southwest of...

The 41,000 acre Rice Valley Wilderness is found just west of the Colorado...

The 25,000 acre Funeral Mountains Wilderness is stuck right to the eastern...

At approximately 24,000 acres, the Riverside Mountains Wilderness is located...

The Golden Valley Wilderness, found to the northwest of Barstow CA is...

The Rodman Mountains Wilderness is located just east of Barstow in...

At over 30,000 acres, the Granite Mountain Wilderness lies just to the east...

Sand to Snow National Monument was designated in 2016. Rising all the way...

The 30,000 acre Grass Valley Wilderness is composed of a large valley with a...

The Santa Rosa-San Jacinto Mtns Nat'l Monument encompasses 280,000 acres of...

Found north of Baker and Zzyzx is the Hollow Hills Wilderness area. This is...

Sheephole Valley Wilderness is a very large area (194,000 acres) just north...

The 28,000 acre Ibex Wilderness lies in a thin section between southern...

The Surprise Canyon Wilderness lies in the Panamint Range of California...

The Inyo Mountains Wilderness is located south of Lone Pine and between...

The Trilobite Wilderness, located just south of the massive Mojave National...

Just south of the town of Ocotillo, right near the Mexican border can be...

The Turtle Mountains Wilderness is over 170,000 acres and is located in the...

Don't miss stopping by the Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Envir....

The Whipple Mountains Wilderness is in the far southeastern corner of...

Associated Plants

Below is a list of desert plants that are known to occur in the state. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.

Acton Encelia
Encelia actoni
Acton Encelia wildflower in the desert
Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua
Apricot Mallow wildflower in the desert
Amsonia
Amsonia tomentosa
Amsonia wildflower in the desert
Arizona Lupine
Lupinus arizonicus
Arizona Lupine wildflower in the desert
Anderson's Desert Thorn
Lycium andersonii
Anderson's Desert Thorn plant in the desert
Arrow Weed
Pluchea sericea
Arrow Weed plant in the desert
Annual Burweed
Ambrosia acanthicarpa
Annual Bursage in the desert
Arroyo Willow
Salix lasiolepis
Arroyo Willow tree in the desert
Antelope Bitterbrush
Purshia tridentata
Antelope Bitterbrush shrub in the desert
Baby Blue Eyes
Nemophila menziesii
Baby Blue Eyes wildflower in the desert
Apache Plume
Fallugia paradoxa
Apache Plume wildflower in the desert
Bajada Lupine
Lupinus concinnus
Bajada Lupine wildflower in the desert