Palm Desert CA


Topography is steep within the approximately 1,000-acre Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve. The dominant vegetation is creosote bush scrub. Large mammals using the area include bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, and gray fox. Common bird species include the golden eagle, Gambel’s quail, mourning dove, and black-throated sparrow.

The property was purchased to preserve a historic water supply for peninsular bighorn sheep in Carrizo Canyon, and to maintain and improve habitat for this species. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1978. The property is undeveloped and has been used primarily for hiking and wildlife viewing.

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


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