Bright Star Wilderness
Map showing the location of Bright Star Wilderness
Map showing the location of Bright Star Wilderness
LocationKern County, California, United States
Nearest cityLake Isabella, California
Coordinates35°30′23″N 118°14′34″W / 35.5063454°N 118.2428549°W / 35.5063454; -118.2428549[1]
Area8,190 acres (3,314 ha)[2]
EstablishedOctober 31, 1994
Governing bodyBureau of Land Management

Bright Star Wilderness is a 8,190-acre (3,314 ha) wilderness area in Kern County in the U.S. state of California.[3][4]

The California Desert Protection Act of 1994 (Public Law 103–433) added the wilderness to the National Wilderness Preservation System and it is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Bright Star Wilderness surrounds 5,090-foot (1,551 m) Kern County's Kelso Peak and drainages to the north, south and east, including Bright Star Canyon and Cortez Canyon.[5]

The Wilderness lies within the BLM's Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern in the higher Mojave Desert and protects much of the Piute Mountains, of the southern Sierra Nevada (not to be confused with the Piute Mountains to east in Mojave National Preserve).[4]


A wide variety of vegetation grows in the Bright Star Wilderness. The upper slopes of Kelso Peak are dotted with Single-leaf piñon pine (Pinus monophylla) and California juniper (Juniperus californica), while the lower slopes are brushy and broken by large granite outcroppings. The valley below the peak is dense with Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia).[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Bright Star Wilderness". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  2. ^ "Wilderness Acreage Breakdown for The Bright Star Wilderness".
  3. ^ a b "Bright Star Wilderness". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  4. ^ a b "Bright Star Wilderness". Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  5. ^ "Bright Star Wilderness".