Wild Arizona: Up in the Chiricahuas

Judy Beachem | Chiricahua Mountains

Judy Beachem | Chiricahua Mountains

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

Chiricahua Wilderness
The mountain range for which this wilderness is named once was home to the Chiricahua Apache Tribe. There are 13 established trails here; the Morse Canyon Trail, in particular, provides views of some of the roughest country in Southeastern Arizona.

Location: Near Portal
Established: 1964
Size: 87,700 acres
Managed by: U.S. Forest Service
Contact: Douglas Ranger District, 520-364-3468 or www.fs.usda.gov/coronado

Arrastra Mountain Wilderness
It’s not easy to get here, but once you do, you’ll be treated to imposing landscapes and pristine Peoples Canyon. This wilderness a challenge for backpackers, as it lacks both designated trails and paved road access.

Location: Between Kingman and Wickenburg
Established: 1990
Size: 129,800 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Kingman Field Office, 928-718-3700 or www.blm.gov/az

Aubrey Peak Wilderness
Desert bighorn sheep are among the fauna in this wilderness, and their presence is unusual for the region — a transition zone between the Mohave and Sonoran deserts. There are no established trails, but old jeep roads lead to long-abandoned mines.

Location: South of Kingman
Established: 1990
Size: 15,400 acres
Managed by: Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Kingman Field Office, 928-718-3700 or www.blm.gov/az

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