Lost Horse Zone

A map of the lost horse backcountry camping zone for wilderness camping
Camping is only allowed in the orange-shaded area of the Lost Horse Zone.
An expansive view over a desert valley with mountains in the background
A view from the Lost Horse Trail looking out over the eastern portion of the Lost Horse Zone with the Hexie Mountains in the far distance.

NPS/Robb Hannawacker

The Lost Horse Zone features rocky mountains, historical sites, and open valleys filled with Joshua trees, rock islands, and sandy washes. Elevations range from 3,500 to 5,300 feet. Camping is not allowed near any mining or historical sites.

Trails: The California Hiking and Riding Trail, Lost Horse Loop (6.5-mile loop), Big Trees Trail a.k.a. Lost Horse Connector Trail (3 miles one-way), and the Paac Kü̱vü̱hü̱’k trail (4.5 miles one-way).

Bordering Zones: Juniper Flats, Pleasant Valley, and Twin Tanks

Closest Backcountry Trailheads to Enter/Exit: Juniper Flats (4,340’), Geology Tour (4,485’)

Last updated: January 31, 2023

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