Wild Arizona: Red Rocks, Coyote Mountains and a Cedar Bench

Jim Peterson | Munds Mountain Wilderness

Jim Peterson | Munds Mountain 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

Munds Mountain Wilderness
This spectacular wilderness includes many of Sedona’s iconic red-rock formations, including Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. It also features a well-maintained network of trails, pools of water, rocks to climb and fantastic photo opportunities.

Location: Southeast of Sedona
Established: 1984
Size: 24,411 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Red Rock Ranger District, 928-282-4119 or www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Coyote Mountains Wilderness
Adjacent to the Baboquivari Mountains, this wilderness is a good place to spot mountain lions, javelinas and bobcats. Day hikes, climbing and sightseeing are among favorite activities in this challenging terrain.

Location: Southwest of Tucson
Established: 1990
Size: 5,100 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Tucson Field Office, 520-258-7200 or www.blm.gov/az

Cedar Bench Wilderness
The “bench” in this wilderness is an elevated ridge, and from it, visitors can see the vivid colors of the Sonoran Desert. The Verde River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River, forms part of the area’s eastern boundary. For hikers, the wilderness features 32 miles on eight trails.

Location: South of Camp Verde
Established: 1984
Size: 14,950 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Verde Ranger District, 928-567-4121 or www.fs.usda.gov/prescott


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5 responses to “Wild Arizona: Red Rocks, Coyote Mountains and a Cedar Bench

  1. Teresa Davis

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Harrie

    Wow…beautiful pic. I saw the same flower of the agave on the island Lanzarote. Canarian Islands…
    Nice to see this!

    Greetings from Harrie
    Nuenen (the Netherlands)

  3. conny wituschinski


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