Wild Arizona: A Peek at the Four Peaks (and More)

Dave Anderson | Four Peaks

Dave Anderson | Four Peaks

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

Four Peaks Wilderness
Visible from the Phoenix area, the namesake peaks of this wilderness rise from desert foothills. One of the densest black-bear populations in Arizona lives here, along with ringtails, skunks, coyotes and rattlesnakes. Lightning storms occur frequently during monsoon season, and snow accumulates in winter. The wilderness features a 40-mile network of trails.

Location: Northeast of Phoenix
Established: 1984
Size: 61,074 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Mesa Ranger District, 480-610-3300 or www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

Hell’s Canyon Wilderness
Whoever named this canyon must have visited during the summer, but during other months, rock-climbing, hiking and camping are popular here. This wilderness includes a portion of the Hieroglyphic Mountains, named (incorrectly) for petroglyphs found in the area.

Location: Northwest of Phoenix
Established: 1990
Size: 9,951 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Hassayampa Field Office, 623-580-5500 or www.blm.gov/az

Kanab Creek Wilderness
Kanab Creek is one of the major tributaries of the Colorado River, and it forms a large canyon system on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Trails here are minimally maintained, but most hikers access the wilderness from the east. Spring and fall are the best times of year to visit.

Location: North of Grand Canyon National Park
Established: 1984
Size: 70,460 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
Contact: North Kaibab Ranger District, 928-643-7395 or www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab; Arizona Strip Field Office, 435-688-3200 or www.blm.gov/az


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2 responses to “Wild Arizona: A Peek at the Four Peaks (and More)

  1. I was just up there and am about to write a blog about my visit – your timing is great!

  2. Thank You Arizona Highways for sharing this picture. I love this mountain. My Grandparents lived in the SRP housing at Roosevelt Lake, so I grew up looking mostly at the backside. In the 90’s I was trapped on the top during the fire that devastated so much of it’s plant and wildlife…but with all things in nature the mountain still stands tall above our deserts like a crown and the plants and wildlife are coming back a little a time. Thank you for reminding us how valuable these Wilderness areas are!

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