Wild Arizona: Peaks, Vistas and Wildlife-Watching

Doug Koepsel | Kachina Peaks Wilderness

Doug Koepsel | Kachina Peaks Wilderness

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

Kachina Peaks Wilderness
This wilderness may be the most well-known such area in Arizona. It includes Humphreys Peak, which at more than 12,600 feet is the state’s highest point. Atop Humphreys and its neighboring peaks is the only tundra region in Arizona. The Kachina Peaks are sacred to several Native American tribes.

Location: North of Flagstaff
Established: 1984
Size: 18,616 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-526-0866 or www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Fishhooks Wilderness
This wilderness borders San Carlos Apache Tribe land and is seldom visited, but it features grand vistas and pleasant hiking opportunities in riparian areas. Be advised that crossing onto tribal land requires a special permit.

Location: Northwest of Safford
Established: 1990
Size: 10,500 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Safford Field Office, 928-348-4400 or www.blm.gov/az

Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness
Government Peak (7,587 feet) is the highest point in this wilderness, which features seasonal waterfalls and several springs that are ideal wildlife-watching destinations. White-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain lions and bald eagles are plentiful here, and endangered peregrine falcons also frequent the area.

Location: East of Willcox
Established: 1990
Size: 11,700 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Safford Field Office, 928-348-4400 or www.blm.gov/az

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