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Chocolate Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointBlack Butte (4504 ft/1373 m)
CountriesUnited States (93%), Mexico (7%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesCalifornia (93%), Baja California (7%), Arizona (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area4,649 sq mi / 12,042 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent84 mi / 135 km North-South
94 mi / 152 km East-West
Center Lat/Long33° 9' N; 115° 16' W
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Map of Chocolate Mountains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Chocolate Mountains.
Peninsular Southern California RangesLevel 4 (Parent)
         Santa Ana MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         San Diego Area RangesLevel 5 (Sibling)
         San Jacinto MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Joshua Tree RangesLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Chocolate MountainsLevel 5
         Channel IslandsLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Chocolate Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Black Butte45041373 
2.Peak 436943691332 
3.Pilot Mountain42161285 
4.Peak 411841181255 
5.Peak 397039701210 
6.Orocopia Mountains High Point38151163 
7.Micro Benchmark37721150 
8.Peak 353335331077 
9.Chuckwalla Mountain34461050 
10.Peak 32723272997 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.



Photos of Peaks in the Chocolate Mountains

Black Butte
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The upper part of the mountain, from the west ridge (2023-03-03). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Orocopia Mountains High Point
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Orocopia Mountain has relatively easy and open slopes as far as the desert goes (2019-01-04). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Chuckwalla Mountain
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Chuckwalla Mountains (1973-01-26). Photo by John Vitz.
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Little Chuckwalla Mountains High Point
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Little Chuckwalla High Point approaching from the northeast (2023-03-03). Photo by Keith Winston.
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Chuckwalla Benchmark
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Chuckwalla Benchmark from the east (2019-02-10). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Picacho Peak
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Little Picacho looking so good (2018-01-28). Photo by Garrett McLean.
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Palo Verde Peak
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The west face of Palo Verde. Photo by Adam Walker.
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Well Benchmark
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Well BM from SR-78 to the west (2020-01-05). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Little Picacho Benchmark
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Evening light on the southwest side of Little Picacho (2021-12-26). Photo by Adam Walker.
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Thumb Peak
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Thumb Peak from the west (2016-12-10). Photo by Matthew Hengst.
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