Wild Arizona: Catch ‘The Wave’ (and More)

Jeremy Jordan‎ | The Wave

Jeremy Jordan‎ | The Wave

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each afternoon in September, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we’re spotlighting three of Arizona’s 90 wilderness areas. For more information about any of the state’s wilderness areas, visit Wilderness.net, a collaboration between several wilderness-related organizations. The information here comes from that site and the wilderness areas’ managing agencies. Always contact the managing agency before visiting a wilderness to learn about any restrictions that may be in effect. To see our entire Wild Arizona series, click here

Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
One of the most photographed wildernesses in Arizona (or anywhere), this area includes “The Wave,” a geologic formation visited by only a handful of people per day. Paria Canyon, meanwhile, is one of the world’s best backpacking destinations. Check weather forecasts before entering the canyon, as flash floods are possible.

Location: West of Page
Established: 1984
Size: 110,732 acres (Arizona and Utah)
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, 435-688-3200 or www.blm.gov/az

Mount Logan Wilderness
You’ll have to head to the seldom-visited Arizona Strip to see this wilderness, which features dormant volcanoes and a natural amphitheater known as Hell’s Hole. A half-mile maintained hiking trail leads to a view of Hell’s Hole. Backpackers and hunters are among the few people who visit.

Location: West of Grand Canyon National Park
Established: 1984
Size: 14,650 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Arizona Strip Field Office, 435-688-3200 or www.blm.gov/az

Salome Wilderness
Salome Canyon runs almost the entire length of this wilderness, and you may find traces of the Salado Indians, who lived here long ago. It’s freezing in the winter and scorching in the summer, but in between, it’s ideal for hiking.

Location: Northeast of Phoenix
Established: 1984
Size: 18,531 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Pleasant Valley Ranger District, 928-462-4300 or www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

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