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West Mojave Desert Ecological Reserve


The West Mojave Desert Ecological Reserve is an approximately 18,000 acre property. The dominant vegetation is burro-weed, with creosote bush also abundant though not as evenly distributed. Other plants present are cheese bush, beavertail cactus, desert marigold, and the desert aster. Wildlife observed on or known to inhabit the property includes rabbits, coyotes, mice, larks, ravens, doves, and lizards.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails Quail Hunting

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting (seasonal)

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

This section of land was an annex to the nearby Boron Air Force Station, and sheep grazing has occurred in the vicinity for at least 30 years. Off-road vehicles users have also used this area in the past, causing habitat degradation. This parcel was obtained for the purpose of preserving a representative portion of the West Mojave Desert and to protect it from the damaging influences of off-road vehicle use and sheep grazing. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1988. Signs have been installed to discourage off-road vehicle use and it appears that use has declined in recent years.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

San Bernardino County

Directions: Hwy 395 north of Kramer Junction (Hwys 58 and 395) about 7 miles. East on dirt road to reserve.

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